Weaving San Mateo County Together 
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“THRED” Talks
Weaving the County Together

When the San Mateo County Development Association was founded in 1953 (the word Economic did not become a part of its name until the 1960’s), the purpose was “to further and promote balanced economic growth in San Mateo County particularly and the San Francisco Bay generally and develop cooperation and unified action in commercial, industrial, civic and cultural fields and to promote the general welfare of the area.”

Fast forward to 2016 and SAMCEDA’s mission holds true to that original purpose. Throughout its history SAMCEDA envisioned that a County in which business, government, elected leaders, non-profits and educational institutions come together to solve thorny issues will grow and prosper. By tackling the challenges we face, whether it is housing supply and affordability, transportation infrastructure and the development of a 21st century workforce, having the collective wisdom, experience, ideas and energy San Mateo County stands out as a place where things happen, people want to live and companies want to expand.

In planning for SAMCEDA’s 64th Annual Meeting last June the thought was how to best capture the uniqueness of San Mateo County and its ecosystem. This was when the idea of “THRED Talks” was born. Weaving San Mateo County together through Transportation, Housing, Regionalism, Economy and Development – 5 subjects that encompass the depth and breadth of communities identifying opportunities and meeting the challenges that come with change. Not easy subjects and not easy solutions but lots of great ideas harnessing innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our hope is that this document will become a living and ever evolving testament to the spirit of San Mateo County, what we have accomplished and what we can accomplish if we “weave together” our knowledge, commitment, and values to the County we call home. We will be reaching out to add to this collection of stories, ideas, aspirational visions and thought leadership in the months and years ahead.  
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