LA County Economic Development Corp.: Future Forum – AI & Robotics

LA County Future Forum June 28, 2017
LA County Future Forum June 28, 2017

Artificial Intelligence – AI – is here, is everywhere, is leading business and job and education growth in LA’s Creative and Manufacturing economy as elsewhere. Education, Autonomous Cars, Image Recognition, Moblie Apps, Data Analysis . . . Speakers from Honda, IBM, Netflix, UC Berkeley and USC. Report is posted on our Tech Corner page here.

Profile: VWDB President, Debbie Kukta

Photo Chairperson: Debbie Kukta, KO Properties, Inc.
VWDB Chairperson: Debbie Kukta, KO Properties

Luckily for the Verdugo Workforce Development Board nominating committee, WIOA does not require members to have experience in a majority of the Board’s areas of service and responsibility: public and private sectors, business, labor, individual job seekers, and fostering career pathways in public schools. But if it did, Debbie Kukta would more than qualify, with a resume that includes more than 25 years in manufacturing, seven years on the Burbank school board, work as a CPA and managing commercial real estate, and since 2012, serving as the Burbank City Treasurer.

Kukta, who started her service on the VWDB in 1999, did not set out on a clearly defined career path toward chairing the VWDB, nor did she aim to become City Treasurer. “I would never have imagined handling all those investments!” Kukta told me when we met recently for breakfast. But she appreciates how her variety of experience, combined with a willingness to take on new challenges, paved the way to her current responsibilities.

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Valley Economic Alliance TechX Expo, March 2017

Tech-X 2017
Tech-X 2017

The Valley Economic Alliance hosted a technology event, Tech-X, and expo, showcasing many innovative local businesses. The morning event featured a presentation on Cybersecurity preparedness for businesses by Kroll. Also presenting were a local company, AllTemp, that produces refrigerant that is cost-effective and better for the environment, and a digital-age marketing firm, FanConnect, that is helping businesses thrive in the mobile and social media connected world of today. The biggest crowd-pleasing presentation, though, came from a group of local high school girls, San Fernando High, who have invented a solar powered tent-home for the homeless.

VWDB / VJC Participate in Veteran Job Fair in Burbank, March 16, 2017

photo: Veteran's Job Fair in Burbank March 16, 2017
Veteran’s Job Fair in Burbank March 16, 2017

The VWDB’s Verdugo Job Center partnered with the City of Burbank and brought our veterans, the public, and local industries together for a job fair on March 16.  The feedback was very positive from all corners, and follow-up will be ongoing.  We will use this job fair as another springboard to expand our networking strategies with our entire region.


Lanair Group LLC – Presents Cybersecurity Seminar for local Verdugo Businesses and Organizations

Lanair Group LLC with headquarters in in Glendale, CA presents cybersecurity seminar to local businesses and organizations March 9, 2017
Lanair Group LLC with headquarters in in Glendale, CA presents cybersecurity seminar to local businesses and organizations March 9, 2017

Glendale headquartered Lanair Group LLC presented a cybersecurity educational seminar, The Art of the Hack, to local businesses and organizations as a part of their technology Educational Series on March 9, 2017. Rob Krug, a security expert from SonicWall, was the special guest keynote speaker.

VWDB Board Member Ara Aslanian Speaks at Glendale Tech On Tap Event, March 2, 2017

photo VWDB Board Member Ara Asianian
VWDB Board Member Ara Aslanian, of  Glendale’s Inverselogic Inc.

VWDB Board member Ara Aslanian, of  Inverselogic Inc. (, will be featured in the City of Glendale’s Tech on Tap series this Thursday, March 2nd, from 8AM – 9:30AM at the Antaeus Theatre Company, located at 110 E. Broadway Avenue, Glendale, CA.

Mr. Aslanian will be talking about “The Growth of Ransomware and What Business Can Do to Protect Themselves.” Please join Mr. Aslanian to learn about the tools you need to protect yourself, your business and your wallet from falling victim to ransomware attacks.