LOS ANGELES, CA-- Fred Smith, Founder, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of FedEx, will address TOWN HALL Los Angeles as part of its ongoing CEO series on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Angelenos will have the opportunity to ask this entrepreneur about the current economy's impact on the industrial sector.

According to Fred Smith, everyone talks about Wall Street and Main Street, but few people address what he calls 'Commerce Street,' the industrial sector in between. In his speech to TOWN HALL Los Angeles, "Keeping America Competitive: the View from 'Commerce Street,'" Smith will outline ways to build a foundation for a healthier, more sustainable US business environment, one that can create more good-paying jobs here in California and across the US. His solutions include energy independence, tax reform, and policies that grow business, trade and communities. Smith believes that in the challenge of this downturn is an opportunity to increase America's competitiveness in the global marketplace.

With more than 290,000 team members, FedEx serves more than 220 countries and territories around the world. Since founding FedEx in 1971, Smith has been an active proponent of regulatory reform, free trade and "open skies agreements" for aviation worldwide. He is a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council, a group of CEOs and retired military leaders who make policy recommendations on developing energy independence and alternative fuels for the United States.

One of the Top 10 Executive Leadership Forums in the nation, and the only one in its region, TOWN HALL Los Angeles has been a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization supported by Angelenos, foundations and corporations who believe in open public discussion since 1937. Our mission is to provide a forum for ideas -- a place for conversation and community. We advocate for no side, represent no particular ideology and stand solidly in support of free speech, civility and a belief that knowledge is a priceless commodity. To learn more about TOWN HALL Los Angeles' events and membership opportunities visit www.townhall-la.org.

All accredited members of the media are invited to cover this event.

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When: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
12:00 PM Luncheon Program with Q&A

Where: Omni Los Angeles Hotel
251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets $45-58, call 213.628.8141 or http://www.townhall-la.org/programs/register/1240.


Deborah Weinberg
Director, Media Relations


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