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02.21.18 Global Initiatives Council

Members of the Global Initiatives Council convened for the first session of the year to hear from Dr. Ira Kalish, chief global economist of Deloitte earlier this week. Dr. Kalish shared his projections for key global trade and economic issues, noting that an increase in exports has been a major factor in the current growth of the economy. “Trade is a win-win situation, not a zero-sum game. Comprehensive multi-lateral agreements are needed to support our exporters, rather than just bilateral agreements.” Dr. Kalish also noted that the potential loss of NAFTA would lead to a huge disruption of current supply chain systems and manufacturing processes, and an inevitable slowing of the U.S. economy.

02.13.18 Transportation & Goods Movement Council with Metrolink & Ontario International Airport

The Chamber's Transportation & Goods Movement Council received an update from Metrolink CEO Art Leahy and Ontario International Airport (ONT) CEO Mark Thorpe on plans to enhance air and rail travel in the L.A. region. Leahy shared Metrolink's Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) proposal with the Council. The program includes service improvements to increase train frequency and decrease travel delays system-wide. Thorpe reviewed planned updates to ONT's facilities, including terminal improvements and expanded customs services. Thorpe also discussed plans to increase business travel with Asia.