Southern California Business, Civic Leaders Urge Federal Legislators to Rev 'America's Recovery Engine'


March 16, 2010 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today on Capitol Hill, a delegation of 220 business and civic leaders from across Southern California joined together to advocate for federal investments that create jobs and stimulate the economy.  The delegation called on federal legislators to rev “America’s Recovery Engine” through strategic investments in the region’s infrastructure, workforce, natural resources and more.  Representing nearly six percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Southern California region is poised to create and preserve over a million jobs and grow the economy through investments in its ports, airports and other economic assets vital to the rest of the nation.

The delegation included elected officials from five Southern California counties including: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Glendale Councilmember Ara J. Najarian; Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel; Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti; Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcon; Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes; Los Angeles City Councilmember Greig Smith; Los Angeles Unified School Board President Monica Garcia; Los Angeles Unified School Board Vice President Yolie Flores Aguilar; Los Angeles Unified School Board member Steve Zimmer, and leaders from several county transit agencies.  The trip was hosted by a collaboration of nearly 20 Southern California business advocacy organizations.

"Bipartisan support for the 30/10 initiative is building, because as the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce knows, creating jobs and reducing air pollution makes sense regardless of party lines,” said Mayor Villaraigosa.  “These 12 rail and bus projects can jump start the region’s economy by putting 166,000 people back to work and transform Los Angeles County to a more sustainable community in 10 years.”

Policies that foster job creation and stimulate business growth are a key focus of this year’s trip.  During the three-day visit, the delegation will meet with more than 100 members of Congress and Obama Administration officials on issues including: aviation; economic recovery; education and workforce development; energy and environment; health care; homelessness; housing; transportation; ports and goods movement; and water infrastructure.

The Southern California on the Hill — Access Washington, D.C. advocacy trip is a program of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with partnering organizations including: BizFed; Central City Association; Hollywood Central Park; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Los Angeles Business Council; Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce; Mobility 21; NAWBO-LA; Orange County Business Council; Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; United Way of Greater Los Angeles; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Valley Industry & Commerce Association.  Municipal partners include: the City of Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The complete advocacy agenda and delegation list is available by clicking here.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.


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