Nearly 70 members of the Chamber's Global Initiatives Council convened this week to hear from Kevin Klowden, executive director of Milken Institute's California Center. Klowden provided an overview of California and the L.A. Region's exporting activity in global markets, and the significance of foreign direct investment for the overall economy. He emphasized the need for California to develop and implement formal strategic export activities and programs to encourage exporters to have stronger commercial presence in foreign markets. He noted that "L.A. exports make up 40 percent of the State's total exports."
The Chamber, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, and member businesses and partners kicked-off this year's summer internship and year around employment initiatives. As part of this campaign, the Chamber announced its L.A. Talent Challenge. The Chamber has set a challenge to reach 500 more companies and in turn, challenge those companies to hire or sponsor at least one student intern this summer.
On Monday, the Chamber gave an insider's look at the L.A. County's youth detention center, Central Juvenile Hall to Chamber board members, non-profit partners and funders, and business organizations working with the Chamber on smart justice efforts. Participants joined in an in-depth conversation around helping youth succeed through education and rehabilitation. Co-hosted by the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, this one-of-a-kind experience provided the business community the opportunity to explore its role in helping system-involved youth receive a second chance.
L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell joined the Chamber for a conversation on public safety in the L.A. region. Sheriff McDonnell discussed on how mental illness and the homelessness crisis impact the police force, and the role trust plays in police and community relations.
The Global Initiatives Council heard from John Murphy, Senior Vice President of International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as he provided an overview of the U.S. Chamber's trade policy recommendations under the new administration and what to expect of the new president and Congress. He also reviewed the economic and trade outlook for the world economy and the business community's priorities.
The Chamberís L.A. Regional STEM Hub, in partnership with Tiger Woods Foundation, hosted a Business-Education Partnerships Summit to highlight the importance of public-private partnerships, roles that industry partners play to support and complement STEM programming, and how these initiatives help transform learning in the classroom and in the workforce.
CityFi's Ashley Hand and Mark Waier of Metrolink joined the Chamber's Transportation & Goods Movement Council on Tuesday for an update on autonomous vehicle technology and the future of urban mobility in the City of L.A.
The L.A. World Trade Week Committee and the Port of Los Angeles invited students for a unique opportunity to learn about key concepts of global trade, career pathways and cultural differences at the nation's busiest port. Business executives, trade representatives and staff engaged with students through an interactive day of activities. Students and faculty participated in a one hour boat tour and were able to browse exhibits by local colleges and universities providing global trade programs.
The Chamber hosted its 2017 Inaugural Dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live. Steve Nissen, NBCUniversal, was installed as the Chamber's 2017 Board Chair. Others honored included Vin & Sandy Scully with the Civic Medal of Honor and JPMorgan Chase & Co. with the Corporate Leadership Award.
A historic coalition, comprised of City of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, the L.A. Area Chamber and the L.A. Federation of Labor, came together in opposition to Measure S, the ill-conceived and dangerous housing ban on the March 7th ballot.
Taste of the Chamber 2017 was held on Jan. 25, and featured an evening of networking surrounded by delicious food and drinks provided by member restaurants and caterers.
Thank you to participating vendors:
85 degrees, Asian box, Bread Crumbs, the Corner Bakery, Maggiano's, The Spot, Sprinkles, Sugarbird, Tepeyac and Tequilla Sports Bar, Weho Sausage Co., Flowers by Sam and Fanciful Gift Baskets and Fine Food.