Progress Seminar 


Join us at the 51st Annual Progress Seminar, taking place the weekend

of October 23-25, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country.

To register, click here.

The Progress Seminar has been bringing together Business, Government, and Community Leaders for half a century. This program is unique to San Mateo County and remains as a testament to the business and community leaders who recognize the importance of working together to collaborate and solve key community issues facing our counties and state.

The Progress Seminar continues to grow and evolve as it has from the beginning.  It has become an increasingly vital venue used to focus on the most current issues facing Peninsula communities.  The collaboration that occurs each year at this event, is proof of how business and public policy can shape the future of those communities when they work together.

Our Progress Seminar is an annual event sponsored by the Redwood City – San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. The content and speakers are planned by an expert group of planning committee members led by Progress Seminar Co-Chairs, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, and President and CEO of SAMCEDA, Rosanne Foust.


The Chamber is closely monitoring the situation and concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus as it pertains to large events, and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Information is currently available at the following websites:

View highlights from the Progress Seminar speakers and interviews below:

 Attendee Statistics

Over 350 attendees from San Mateo County and statewide

60% representing business  40% representing Government and Community Leaders

Over 17 San Mateo & Santa Clara County Cities represented

Over 70 new attendees each year over the last 5 years


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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 the 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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