2020 Progress Seminar


We are excited to announce our dates for the 2020 Progress Seminar – Virtual Program Series!
The series will take place from 9:30 – 12:45pm on the following Fridays: November 6, 2020 – November 13, 2020 – November 20, 2020.
To view the 2020 Progress Seminar Event Program, include agenda and speaker bios, please click here.

Deadline to request a refund for the 2020 Virtual Progress Seminar is September 1, 2020

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The Board of Directors of the Redwood CitySan Mateo County Chamber of Commerce made a difficult, but responsible, decision at the time to postpone the 2020 Progress Seminar from last month to this coming October.  Based on the information at the time, October seemed to provide enough time for the health crisis to pass.
Now that we know more and we have better data to forecast how COVID-19 will impact the remainder of 2020, our Board has made the decision to take the 2020 Progress Seminar virtual.  Your safety is the number one priority and producing a virtual Progress Seminar later this year is the best option to keep the dialog intact for 2020 and ensure we convene in a responsible way. 
Our planning team is pivoting and we don’t have all the details worked out, but this is what I can share right now:
  • The in-person 2020 Progress Seminar scheduled for October 23, 24, and 25 will go virtual – New dates: November 6, November 13, and November 20, 2020
  • The date may change to accommodate previous requests related to the November 2020 election
  • We are working on the format, length, and interactive technologies that will take us virtual, but keep us connected
  • The attendee experience will be much more than a Zoom call and our sponsors will still be celebrated!
  • We will determine how to incorporate COVID-19 topics into the program related to government, business, and regional recovery
  • All hotel room reservations will be cancelled automatically
  • $300 of your full registration $750 fee will be applied to your 2021 conference registration automatically.
It’s too soon to make any predictions, but the goal is to plan to be back together in person at the Hyatt Sonoma for the 2021 Progress Seminar.
Thank you in advance for your ongoing support and your understanding for the need to take us virtual in 2020 so we stay safe and keep doing the essential work we all do to get San Mateo County back on its feet.


For the most update-to-date information on the current COVID-19 situation, please visit: www.samceda.org


Overheard at the Progress Seminar:

“I especially appreciate the chance to forge relationships, entertain new perspectives, and renew and deepen my ties with the remarkable leaders that come to the Progress Seminar every year. This is the magic of San Mateo County.”


“This is why I come to the Progress Seminar – it gives us a safe space to discuss controversial issues.”


“People can really help by showing up to lend their support at the local and regional levels and also by supporting legislation that is designed to move the housing agenda forward.”


“[San Mateo County] is the connector between two major cities. We have common interests. If you listen, build relationships, and understand other counties, it makes it possible to garner support for our projects. I think we do have clout because we know how to collaborate.”


“It takes the entire region to work together.”


“There is no place like San Mateo County. The level of collaboration and working partnerships is unusual and it makes us unique. Relationships matter. But you’ve got to reach out and create them.”



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