Building Our Youth For The Future

Gary Toebben on March 27, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." The L.A. Area Chamber understands that a good education and early work experience are key elements in preparing our youth. That is why HIRE LA’s Youth is so important to the future of our economy.



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L.A.'s Air Force Base – A Technology Giant in Our Community

Gary Toebben on March 20, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Many people in L.A. County don’t know about one of the major engines to our economy: the Los Angeles Air Force Base, located in the City of El Segundo. The base has no runways, but serves as the epicenter of our region's aerospace industry. It is home to the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC).

Activated back in 1954, under a different name, the base developed the first Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and today, SMC is working to launch GPS III in 2014. That’s right, GPS, which is used by a billion people around the world — not to mention by our military, the Federal Aviation Administration and military users in 55 other countries — was developed at SMC.arrowRead More

Success in D.C. Moves Los Angeles Forward

Gary Toebben on March 13, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, 175 leaders with a ticket to D.C., representing business, government and nonprofit organizations, let their voices be heard by advocating for Los Angeles and Southern California. They attended 80 meetings on your behalf with members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries and White House staff.arrowRead More

Don't Play Politics with Grocery Stores

Gary Toebben on March 6, 2012 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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All over the City of Los Angeles vacant buildings sit waiting for a new tenant. In some neighborhoods, residents are waiting patiently for a retail grocery store that provides healthy and affordable food. So it is a double coupon event when a grocery store wants to open in a building that has been vacant for more than 20 years, in a neighborhood that does not have close access to a major retail grocery store.



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