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News Article | April 17, 2017
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The City of Santa Monica’s adoption Tuesday of the nation’s most comprehensive earthquake retrofit ordinance is likely to launch a new series of earthquake retrofit laws throughout the state, Optimum Seismic, Inc. Principal Ali Sahabi advises in commentary published this week by the California Apartment Association. His article, “A New Frontier Launched for Earthquake Safety,” is reprinted below, with permission from the California Apartment Association. To view the article, visit https://caanet.org/new-frontier-launched-earthquake-safety/. Earthquakes are not selective about where and when they strike and they are equally as indiscriminate on the types of buildings they can rattle to the ground. While it is true that some structures may be more prone to damage than others, the reality is that virtually all buildings have the capacity to fail in a major quake. Recognizing that, many cities throughout the state are kicking off new laws requiring retrofits of various types of buildings – a phenomenon the Los Angeles Times recently proclaimed as the start of a “New Frontier” for earthquake safety. The city of Santa Monica this week took the lead on what is becoming a new wave of more comprehensive laws to cover not only soft-story and non-ductile buildings, but others as well. Santa Monica’s law, adopted on Tuesday, is much more thorough than the ordinance enacted in 2015 by the city of L.A. and the 2013 law adopted by San Francisco. Even more notable is the fact that there are untold numbers of cities poised to do the same. It’s only a matter of time. Famed seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones told the Times it is remarkable to see how the political winds have changed for elected officials considering seismic retrofit laws. “There are dozens of cities curious at looking at this,” she said. “People are starting to recognize how necessary this is.” The City of Los Angeles retrofit law, which took effect last year, requires the stabilization of some 15,000 pre-1978 wood-frame, soft-story buildings and non-ductile concrete buildings. Soft-story structures have parking or open space on the ground floor, and apartment or office units built above. Non-ductile buildings are pre-1977 concrete structures with a roof and/or floor supported by a concrete wall or concrete column. A couple of years earlier, San Francisco adopted a similar law affecting some 2,800 buildings that are home to 58,000 people and 2,000 businesses. San Francisco officials, at the time the law was passed, estimated that up to 85 percent of those soft-story buildings would fail and be tagged as “unsafe” following a magnitude 7.2 quake. Berkeley and other Bay Area cities adopted similar ordinances about the same time. Santa Monica’s ordinance applies to not one or two, but five different building types: These buildings must all be retrofitted in 2 to 20 years, depending on the type of structure. Single-family homes are also strongly encouraged to undergo retrofits, but that is strictly voluntary at this time. “There is no greater responsibility of government than public safety,” Building and Safety Director David Martin said in his report to the City Council. “…Although Santa Monica adopted mandatory Seismic Retrofit standards in 1991, many buildings continue to be at risk and it is necessary to update these standards and establish a program to ensure compliance.” The city went so far as to design a map that showed all geological faults in the city and identified structures on the map that may require retrofits under the new law. It may be just a matter of time before your city does the same. Ali Sahabi has been a licensed General Engineering Contractor (GEC) since 1993, and is a principal at Optimum Seismic, Inc. He has completed hundreds of seismic retrofitting and adaptive reuse projects for multifamily residential, commercial, and industrial buildings throughout California.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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Optimum Seismic, Inc. Founder and President Ali Vahdani published an article in this month's issue of Apartment Age Magazine, describing the growing trend of cities adopting increasingly sweeping earthquake retrofit ordinances in California. His article, “Santa Monica Earthquake Ordinance Prompting ‘New Frontier’ for Earthquake Safety,” is reprinted below, with permission from the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, publishers of Apartment Age Magazine. To view the article, click on Page 74 in the magazine. The Los Angeles Times recently proclaimed the start of a “New Frontier” for earthquake safety: a phenomenon kicked off by the city of Santa Monica, which this month is expected to adopt the most comprehensive seismic retrofit ordinance in the nation. Santa Monica’s law is much more comprehensive than the ordinance adopted in 2015 by the city of L.A. But perhaps even more notable is the fact that there are untold numbers of cities poised to do the same. It’s only a matter of time. Famed seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones told the Times it is remarkable to see how the political winds have changed for elected officials considering seismic retrofit laws. “There are dozens of cities curious at looking at this,” she said. “People are starting to recognize how necessary this is.” The City of Los Angeles retrofit law, which took effect last year, requires the stabilization of some 15,000 pre-1978 wood-frame, soft-story buildings and non-ductile concrete buildings. Soft-story structures have parking or open space on the ground floor, and apartment or office units built above. Non-ductile buildings are pre-1977 concrete structures with a roof and/or floor supported by a concrete wall or concrete column. Santa Monica’s ordinance, which received an initial and unanimous vote of the City Council on Feb. 14, includes not only soft-story and non-ductile concrete buildings, but unreinforced masonry and steel moment frame structures. The council is scheduled to return for a final vote of adoption sometime this month, and the law will take effect 30 days after it is adopted. A Slow-Growing Trend That Has Taken Off San Francisco, Berkeley and other Bay Area cities were among the first to mandate earthquake retrofits for soft-story buildings. That was in 2013. Los Angeles sparked the trend in Southern California with the nation’s most sweeping seismic retrofit law, adopted in 2015. Since then, the movement to retrofit buildings at risk of collapse in a large earthquake has taken a major step forward as cities in both Northern and Southern California start planning for retrofit laws of their own. A short list of cities that have adopted or are considering earthquake retrofit laws includes: San Francisco, Berkeley, Richmond, Fremont, San Jose, Alameda, Santa Clara County, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and West Hollywood. The Structural Engineers Association of California estimates there may be as many as 100,000 buildings in Southern California alone facing retrofit mandates as other cities and counties consider adopting retrofit laws like those already enacted in other parts of the state. In 1994, Southern California suffered one of its deadliest and most destructive earthquakes: a 6.7 magnitude jolt in Northridge that killed more than 60, injured more than 9,000 and caused as much as $25 billion in widespread damage, most notably from the collapse of freeway overpasses and buildings, including the Northridge Meadows Apartments which crushed 16 residents and flattened cars in the ground-level parking tucked under the soft-story structure. Five years earlier, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook Loma Prieta and the surrounding Bay Area to the core: freeways crumpled, storefronts toppled, and soft-story buildings fell, taking the lives of 63 people and causing some $10 billion in damage. Here in California, we know: It’s just a matter of time until the next Big One strikes. Preventing lives from being lost is without a doubt the largest motivating factor in implementing these laws, but city officials are also extremely concerned about the potential chaos that could ensue if another major quake hits California and we aren’t ready for it. The massive numbers of dead and injured resulting from the Northridge quake was shocking. Hospitals were overloaded, and as many as 125,000 people were temporarily or permanently displaced because of damage to their houses or apartments, according to the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction headed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Power and water were unavailable in many areas for several days and many streets and freeways were impassable. The quake created a situation of chaos that cities now are wanting to do their utmost to avoid. “When somebody walks into a building in the city of Beverly Hills, no matter when they’re there, I want them to feel totally safe,” Councilwoman Nancy Krasne was quoted in the Times as saying. “I think everyone needs to feel safe when they go to sleep.” You can’t put a price on the cost of death or injury, and the loss of property resulting from earthquake damage can be much more than what a building is worth. That alone should be enough to prompt owners of at-risk buildings to look into making their structures safer. In many cases, these buildings represent a person’s total assets and retirement plan. Studies show it pays to protect that. Researchers at Caltech recently performed a general benefit-cost analysis on several types of residential structures including a soft-story apartment building. They found that for every dollar spent on retrofitting, owners could expect to save up to $7 in repairs, and their calculations did not include the possibility of death or injury or the loss of contents within the structures themselves. Retrofits help to guard against liability, claims of negligence and are beneficial for insurance purposes, too. In fact, many insurance carriers no longer insure soft-story structures built before 1978 against earthquakes. Carriers are becoming more discriminating and will either stop coverage or increase premiums to compensate for the added risk. Fortunately, many of the cities that have adopted or are considering retrofit ordinances have put financing models in place to help owners cover the costs of the retrofits. These programs are designed to help. Contact your city or feel free to give us a call at 323-582-2465 for information on one of our upcoming AAGLA-supported earthquake retrofit seminars if you have any questions. Ali Vahdani, a State of California Licensed Professional Engineer, has more than 35 years of experience in building and structural retrofits. He is president and founder of Optimum Seismic, a leading seismic engineering and construction firm serving all of California.


News Article | May 3, 2017
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Annual Industry Confab Brings Together Top Leaders From Sony, Twitch, Ubisoft, NBCUniversal, Google Play, Facebook, Disney, MLG and Many More at the W Hotel in Hollywood LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - May 03, 2017) - Digital Media Wire today announced the agenda and speakers for the 11th annual LA Games Conference, a one-day event focused on the future of games and connected entertainment. The conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers in Hollywood and gaming at the W Hotel in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 10. The event will feature panels, keynotes and roundtable discussions on topics including virtual and augmented reality, esports, influencer marketing, global markets and Hollywood and games, as well as opportunities specific to the City of Los Angeles as it further solidifies its status as a media-tech center and growth hub for game development. The conference includes two keynote sessions as follows: Support for the 2017 LA Games Conference is provided by: Media Audits International, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, Game Insight, Sheppard Mullin, Nix Hydra, Venable LLP, Variety, SAG-AFTRA, The VR/AR Association, WITI, Fusicology, Pocket Gamer Connects, IGDA, Women in Games International, Westside Digital Mix, Innovation & Tech Today, Events for Gamers, CelebrityAccess, Gaming Business Review and Akupara Games. For complete agenda, registration and event details, please visit http://www.lagamesconference.com. To apply for a press badge, please visit http://www.dmwmedia.com/press-registration.


ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has hired Rafael López as a managing director in its Health & Public Service practice in North America. López joins Accenture from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he served as the commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. In his new role, López will work across Accenture's child support, child welfare, public assistance and public health practices to shape strategy and identify, develop and deploy offerings, focusing on helping government, education and nonprofit organizations leverage technology and innovation to improve services and mission effectiveness. Prior to joining HHS in 2015, López served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President and with the Domestic Policy Council. Before that, López was an associate director at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private national philanthropy devoted to improving the educational, economic, social and health outcomes for at-risk children. Earlier in his career López served as the president and CEO of The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc., where he was a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Cabinet; as executive director of the City of Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families; as deputy director of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families; and as senior deputy for Health and Human Services for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. "Rafael López is focused on improving the lives of children and families in need and brings deep experience from serving local, state and national programs," said Ryan Oakes, managing director of Accenture's Public Health and Human Services practice in North America. "He is dedicated to finding solutions to some of the toughest societal and community challenges, and our North American public-sector clients will gain from his vision, energy and commitment to improving lives and program effectiveness." López has worked closely with community-based organizations as a volunteer, manager, executive, board member and founder and was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. Born and raised in Watsonville, California, López is an alumnus of Vassar College, the University of California Santa Cruz and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. “I am thrilled to be joining a team dedicated to delivering transformative results at scale for our public sector clients and the children, youth and families we serve," López said. "Improving lives and solving our greatest challenges requires bold new strategies, technology and innovation, and I'm excited to support Accenture's development of cutting-edge, cross-sector solutions.” Accenture is a leading professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. With more than 50,000 people and operations in 41 cities in the United States, Accenture serves 93 of the Fortune 100 and more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500. In the United States, Accenture has innovation hubs which bring together key elements of the Accenture Innovation Architecture – including labs, studios and innovation centers – to help clients develop and deliver disruptive innovations to drive growth. With an unwavering commitment to inclusion and diversity, Accenture is consistently recognized on FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity lists. Visit us at www.accenture.com.


News Article | May 23, 2017
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According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report, Los Angeles has the biggest ozone pollution problem in the United States.1 Los Angeles has earned this dubious distinction in all but one of the American Lung Association’s air quality reports.2 In addition, Los Angeles County has been rated as one of the top three carbon dioxide-emitting counties in the United States.3 Researchers estimate that 1,341 people die each year due to the poor air quality in the area of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Glendale.4 To combat air quality conditions that are making so many in the Los Angeles area sick, the city has voted to introduce a zero waste program.5 “Zero Waste LA” is public-private partnership designed to reduce greenhouse gases by 2.6 million tons citywide.5 In addition, the program is expected to reduce landfill disposal by 1 million tons per year by 2025.5 “I applaud the efforts of the Los Angeles City Council in initiating this important program,” said Iain Milnes, founder and president of Power Knot, a leading manufacturer of cost-effective, eco-friendly solutions for the disposal of waste food. “My hope is that Los Angeles will lead sustainability efforts in urban areas across the country.” Zero Waste LA was created to address the city’s shortcomings in complying with city landfill reduction goals and state-mandated recycling requirements.5 Program elements include a single waste management company per city zone to allow for more efficient trash collection.6 The city plans to introduce clean fuel vehicles and invest over $200 million in new and improved solid resources infrastructure.6 While Zero Waste LA should provide substantial benefits for the city’s health, implementing the system will not be without cost. Experts believe that many businesses will experience waste management fees two to three times higher than their current rates.7 “Businesses which are worried about the cost of compliance with Zero Waste LA should look towards recycling and composting strategies to reduce the amount of waste they produce,” Milnes added. “In particular, composting on site will serve to greatly reduce the volume of waste and the costs to dispose of it.” Food waste accounts for 18% of municipal waste, making it the second largest category of waste after paper.8 In economic terms, food waste disposal costs $750 million per year.9 Recent reports estimate that by adopting strategies to reduce the amount of discarded waste which is eventually sent to landfills, businesses can increase their profits by nearly $2 billion annually.10 Power Knot’s LFC® (Liquid Food Composter) is an aerobic bio-digester that is usually positioned in the kitchen to dispose of waste food safely, cleanly, and cost effectively. Users can add waste food to the LFC at any time, it uses very little energy, and never needs emptying. In addition to reducing the costs of disposal, it eliminates large containers outside that may smell, and attract flies and rodents. The LFC can go a long way to help Los Angeles businesses move towards zero-waste. Zero Waste LA planners will prioritize food recovery for those in need as another strategy to decrease the city’s organic waste.5 Power Knot’s LFC is sold globally to organizations that need to dispose of waste food. The LFC saves organizations the cost, mess, inconvenience, and carbon footprint of sending that organic material to landfills. The LFC is available in seven sizes to suit a variety of users and usually pays for itself within 24 or fewer months. The LFC can generate goodwill with the growing number of environmentally-conscious consumers, and this clean technology will continue to help advance the global movement towards sustainability and zero waste. Power Knot, with its headquarters in San Jose, Calif., provides innovative solutions for commercial, industrial, and military customers seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. The company is profitable, and designs, develops, and manufactures its products in Silicon Valley. Its LFCs (Liquid Food Composters) are high-quality, technologically-advanced bio-digesters capable of rapid digestion of most organic materials. LFCs create a safe and economical resolution for customers looking to address their carbon footprint by diverting waste food from landfills and by reducing emissions related to the transportation of waste. For more information, access http://www.powerknot.com. 1.    Letzter, Rafi. “The 25 Most Dangerously Polluted Cities in the US.” Business Insider. Business Insider, 20 Apr. 2017. Web. 12 May 2017. 2.    Fabiano, Jennifer. “4 in 10 Americans Live with Unhealthy Pollution Levels in Their Communities, 2017 ‘State of the Air’ Report Finds.” AccuWeather.com. N.p., 21 Apr. 2017. Web. 12 May 2017. 3.    “Worst Offenders For Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Top 20 US Counties Identified.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 Apr. 2008. Web. 15 May 2017. 4.    Danelski, David. “Southern California Leads the Nation in Air Pollution Deaths, New Study Says.” LA Daily News. LA Daily News, 11 Aug. 2016. Web. 12 May 2017. 5.    “Los Angeles Approves Zero Waste LA Waste Management Franchise System.” Recycling Today. N.p., 12 Dec. 2016. Web. 12 May 2017. 6.    “Zero Waste LA - Franchise.” City of Los Angeles. City of Los Angeles, n.d. Web. 12 May 2017. 7.    Welch, Bruce. “Zero Waste Los Angeles Is Coming.” LinkedIn Pulse. LinkedIn, 7 May 2017. Web. 12 May 2017. 8.    Global Warming Potential, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming_potential#Values. 9.    “The Food Waste Alliance Best Practices & Emerging Solutions Toolkit.” 1 (2014): n. pag. Food Waste Alliance. Web. 12 May 2017. 10.    “27 Solutions to Food Waste.” ReFED | Rethink Food Waste. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2017.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Creative Associates International is supporting a major summit on preventing and countering violent extremism that will draw approximately 500 elected officials, policymakers and program implementers, the global development organization announced today. Held in Aarhus, Denmark, the May 17 to 19 event is a combination of the Strong Cities Network Global Summit 2017 and the Building Resilience to Radicalisation and Violent Extremism II conference. It is hosted by the Municipality of Aarhus / East Jutland Police in partnership with the Strong Cities Network and other organizations. Creative’s President & CEO, Leland Kruvant, recognized the event’s importance for all actors, from elected officials to at-risk youth, who are involved in this global challenge. “The conference in Aarhus is an excellent opportunity for us to continue a dialogue with our counterparts from around the world about the best practices in preventing and countering violent extremism,” Kruvant says. Based on four decades of work from Central America to Central Asia, Creative uses a holistic approach that builds on proven development tools that support communities in transitioning from conflict to peace. Creative is partnering with the global counter-extremism organization,Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), to support the global summit. During the three-day summit in Aarhus, Creative will lead one panel session and participate in two others that highlight best practices related to preventing and countering violent extremism. Panel on “Does Your City Really Need CVE?” This panel session will present a comprehensive framework that relies on proven assessment methodologies to assist cities to better understand the integral aspects of governance, culture and ideology, as well as to identify where preventing and countering violent extremism approaches are most beneficial. Creative, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the City of Los Angeles will discuss the strengths and challenges of preventing and countering violent extremism by drawing on pertinent international experience. Speakers will outline a framework in which all aspects of public life can play an active role in challenging hate, division and violence in a positive and proactive way. Panelists will emphasize the importance of understanding and mitigating local risk, assessing municipal assets, and developing targeted local action plans appropriate to specific local and regional contexts. Kim Field, who is the Director of Creative’s Countering Violent Extremism work, and Deborah Kimble, who is the Director of Creative’s Governance and Community Resilience work, will present on this panel. It is scheduled for Thursday, May 18. Creative is leading a panel session called “Public Health Approach for Addressing CVE in Tunisia: What Are We Learning from the Gang Prevention Field?” that will examine efforts to reduce risk among youth who are likely to join groups that are prone to violent behavior. Called “secondary violence prevention” and adapted from the gang prevention field in Los Angeles and implemented in Central America, this approach has been effective in diagnosing youth who are at the highest risk for gang membership and then reducing those factors through intensive, sustained family counseling. The panel session will explore how a current program in Tunisia is using the approach of secondary violence prevention to reduce those negative behaviors that lead to joining groups prone to violence. Enrique Roig, who leads Creative’s Citizen Security work, and Halima Mrad, Director of the Tunisia program, will speak on the panel. It is scheduled for Friday, May 19. A panel session called “Developing Local Youth Engagement” will explore how cities can work more effectively with youth as key partners in preventing and countering violent extremism, as well as empowering their local youth as independent actors. Held on Friday, May 19, the panel is a platform for young people to address the conference participants, including key practitioners working on youth engagement around the world. Clare Ignatowski, Creative’s Senior Technical Youth Advisor, will present on this panel. It is scheduled for Friday, May 19. Creative Associates International works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, elections, economic growth, governance and transitions from conflict to peace. (http://www.CreativeAssociatesInternational.com) Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has active projects in more than 27 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in nearly 90 countries and on almost every continent. Recognized for its ability to work rapidly, flexibly and effectively in conflict-affected environments, Creative is committed to generating long-term sustainable solutions to complex development problems. Creative has grown to become one of the leaders among the U.S. private sector implementers of global development projects. Creative is minority owned and operated.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) has been awarded a seven-year professional services prime contract for project and construction management by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to support its Landside Access Modernization Program, Airline/Tenant Improvement Program and Capital Improvement Program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The City of Los Angeles anticipates an increase in travel into the Southern California region resulting from the addition of new entertainment facilities, a sports stadium and a potential bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. In anticipation of this growth, and with the intent of improving the overall guest experience, LAWA has initiated the planning and development of more than $14 billion in capital improvements at LAX. Jacobs’ role includes a broad range of project and construction support services to deliver programs from definition to construction and final closeout. Services include planning; project, construction and design management; construction logistics and impact analysis; staff training and development; change management; and environmental reporting. Jacobs is supporting LAWA as the operator guides and approves major improvement plans by its airline tenants at LAX including Delta, United and Southwest Airlines. "Jacobs has partnered with Los Angeles World Airports for the past 15 years, delivering both airside and landside projects," said Bob Pragada, Jacobs President Buildings and Infrastructure and Industrial. "Around the world, we’ve worked in collaborative roles for several major terminal and runway expansion projects and we look forward to contributing our proven expertise to help implement this program and solidify LAX as one of the great airports of the world." Jacobs provides professional services to aviation markets globally, including supporting programs for international airports such as LAX, Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, LaGuardia, Heathrow, Brisbane, Melbourne, Manchester and Dubai. Jacobs’ services range from strategic planning and financial consulting to planning, design, program, construction and asset management. Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com. Statements made in this release that are not based on historical fact are forward-looking statements. We base these forward-looking statements on management’s current estimates and expectations as well as currently available competitive, financial and economic data. Forward-looking statements, however, are inherently uncertain. There are a variety of factors that could cause business results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements. For a description of some of the factors which may occur that could cause actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements please refer to our Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2016, and in particular the discussions contained under Items 1 - Business, 1A - Risk Factors, 3 - Legal Proceedings, and 7 - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statements made herein.


Alex Tapscott, pioneer and author of the bestseller Blockchain Revolution, will appear for the first time in Europe at DES2017 with his talk on Blockchain, in which he will look at why blockchain technologies (a global, open and distributed information platform) will change what we can achieve online, how we do it and who can take part. Tapscott will present his theory of how blockchain will give rise to a new development scenario in subjects as diverse as healthcare, education, government and public administration, finance or business. Alex Tapscott will be joined on the panel of speakers by Lilian P. Coral, City of Los Angeles CDO, who will present the GeoHUB portal, based on GIS technology developed by Esri, which connects information that directly affects around 4 million members of the public, businesspeople and civil servants in the city of Los Angeles. With this platform, users, public services and citizens can access more than 500 layers of maps to check information or develop their own apps. GeoHUB also uses smart maps to bring together information from all over the city, allowing police officers, firefighters and the emergency services to make critical decisions in real time, based on a single point of access and on any device. "DES is the only event of its kind worldwide that deals with the digital transformation or a comprehensive process that affects companies in all areas of business, from technologies as transformation facilitators to business culture as a foundation for success in the digital evolution," says Lluis Altés, Strategy Director of DES|Digital Business World Congress. For the full list of speakers, please visit https://www.des-madrid.com/congress/2017-speakers/ The latest edition of this major meeting on digital transformation is supported by the leaders of the international technology industry. In just two editions, DES will have become the place to go for new technologies, where companies such as Amazon, IBM, Intel, Google, Accenture and Deloitte bring new solutions for banking, industry, retail, logistics, the automotive sector, telecommunications and the energy sector, among others. More than 18,000 delegates from 40 different countries will encounter a congress with more than 450 speakers and 180 talks on technological strategy and trends, such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Big Data and Analytics and Cybersecurity. For a summary of the previous edition, you can visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXWWs1znk1I For further information about the event or if you are interested in interviewing any of the speakers, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Alex Tapscott, pioneer and author of the bestseller Blockchain Revolution, will appear for the first time in Europe at DES2017 with his talk on Blockchain, in which he will look at why blockchain technologies (a global, open and distributed information platform) will change what we can achieve online, how we do it and who can take part. Tapscott will present his theory of how blockchain will give rise to a new development scenario in subjects as diverse as healthcare, education, government and public administration, finance or business. Alex Tapscott will be joined on the panel of speakers by Lilian P. Coral, City of Los Angeles CDO, who will present the GeoHUB portal, based on GIS technology developed by Esri, which connects information that directly affects around 4 million members of the public, businesspeople and civil servants in the city of Los Angeles. With this platform, users, public services and citizens can access more than 500 layers of maps to check information or develop their own apps. GeoHUB also uses smart maps to bring together information from all over the city, allowing police officers, firefighters and the emergency services to make critical decisions in real time, based on a single point of access and on any device. "DES is the only event of its kind worldwide that deals with the digital transformation or a comprehensive process that affects companies in all areas of business, from technologies as transformation facilitators to business culture as a foundation for success in the digital evolution," says Lluis Altés, Strategy Director of DES|Digital Business World Congress. For the full list of speakers, please visit https://www.des-madrid.com/congress/2017-speakers/ The latest edition of this major meeting on digital transformation is supported by the leaders of the international technology industry. In just two editions, DES will have become the place to go for new technologies, where companies such as Amazon, IBM, Intel, Google, Accenture and Deloitte bring new solutions for banking, industry, retail, logistics, the automotive sector, telecommunications and the energy sector, among others. More than 18,000 delegates from 40 different countries will encounter a congress with more than 450 speakers and 180 talks on technological strategy and trends, such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Big Data and Analytics and Cybersecurity. For a summary of the previous edition, you can visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXWWs1znk1I For further information about the event or if you are interested in interviewing any of the speakers, please don't hesitate to contact us.


"We need a partner that can learn our business and provide opportunities for efficiency or innovation. CGI has proven to be a trusted partner for us as we continue to use technology to improve the lives of residents, businesses and visitors across the City of Los Angeles," said City of Los Angeles CIO Ted Ross.  The City's award follows other CGI Advantage ERP on-premises clients that have elected to transition to CGI's cloud and managed services to improve the stability of mission-critical business operations. The approach provides additional recovery and business continuity capabilities and provides the opportunity to shift the focus of the City's professionals from IT back-end operations to more strategic initiatives. CGI's cloud platform expedites the provisioning and scaling of infrastructure and applications. This approach reduces total cost of ownership by eliminating the need to purchase and maintain costly hardware and software. Through Managed Advantage, the City ensures its access to future upgrades and secures the availability of highly specialized IT talent while realizing operational savings. Government departments that use the system will see improved service and a more stable business IT platform. The cloud-based system will also strengthen and simplify the digital experience of members of the business community that conduct business with the City. "Managed Advantage offers unmatched flexibility for reducing costs and mitigating risk for clients," said Daniel Keene, Senior Vice-President of CGI's Advantage ERP program. "We look forward to continuing our trusted partnership with the City of Los Angeles and are committed to putting our transformative cloud solution to work protecting these critical government functions." CGI helps clients reach their digital transformation needs by creating a clear roadmap for organizations to clearly focus on value and enable them to increase efficiency throughout the enterprise. "We are proud to provide a service that is a critical part of the City's digital transformation initiative which is providing more effective engagement with its citizens and other stakeholders," said Dave Delgado, Senior Vice-President, U.S. West operations for CGI. About CGI Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services, including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance and infrastructure management, as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com. Forward-Looking Statements All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. These statements and this information represent CGI's intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These factors include but are not restricted to: the timing and size of new contracts; acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members; market competition in the rapidly evolving IT industry; general economic and business conditions; foreign exchange and other risks identified in the press release, in CGI's annual and quarterly Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), in CGI's Annual Report, in CGI's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov), and in the Company's Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com), as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. The words "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "foresee," "plan," and similar expressions and variations thereof, identify certain of such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. In particular, statements relating to future performance are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. CGI disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information.

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