LA Area Chamber


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FRI | Jan. 9
Health Care Committee Meeting
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FRI | Jan. 9
Private Luncheon with Canadian Minister of International Trade
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MON | Jan. 12
L.A. City Council 5th District Candidates Forum
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TUE | Jan. 13
L.A. Export Series: Session 1
Expanding Export Markets
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TUE | Jan. 13
Referral Network
Grow Your Business
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WED | Jan. 14
Aviation Committee Meeting
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THU | Jan. 15
Jobs & Business Growth Committee Meeting
Featuring L.A. City Councilmember Greig Smith
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THU | Jan. 15
Education & Workforce Development Committee Meeting
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FRI | Jan. 16
Joint Transportation & Goods Movement and Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee Meeting
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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice 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




THURSDAY | Jan. 8, 2009

ID:09. Join more than 1,000 business, civic and elected leaders at the L.A. region's premier civic event. The Chamber will honor incoming 2009 Chamber Board Chair Fran Inman, Majestic Realty Co.; Civic Medal of Honor recipient Thomas V. McKernan, Automobile Club of Southern California; Distinguished Business Leader Award recipient Dr. Ray R. Irani, Occidental Petroleum Corporation; and Corporate Leadership Award recipient Woodbury University. Register now or for more information, contact Event Coordinator April Tam, 213.580.7524 or

Chamber Board votes to support Measure E
The Chamber's Board of Directors voted Thursday to endorse Measure E - Economic Incentives for Business Development Charter Amendment, which is on the March ballot. The measure would amend the city charter to grant the mayor and city council direct authority to offer incentives packages to employers. If passed, a process would be in place to pass one or more implementing ordinances, which would determine when and how incentives would be utilized. Contact VP of Public Policy Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

Chamber travels to Capitol Hill for economic stimulus advocacy
The Chamber is in Washington, D.C. this week lobbying for our region's economic stimulus priorities. The delegation is meeting with members of Congress, President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Priorities include immediate infrastructure investment, education and workforce development funding, and strengthening the local health care safety net. Congress is expected to approve legislation in the next few weeks. The trip is part of an ongoing advocacy partnership with Mobility 21 and L.A. Health Action. Contact VP of Public Policy Samuel Garrison, 213.580.7568 or

Chamber helps unveil housing plan
The Chamber voiced support Thursday for “Affordable Housing: Making It Happen”- an incentives-based plan to the housing crisis in Los Angeles. The plan calls on the city to streamline its development process, increase options for affordable housing and encourage transit-oriented development. Supporters include the Building Industry Association Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter, Central City Association, Valley Industry & Commerce Association and the Chamber. Contact Public Policy Manager Vanessa Rodriguez at 213.580.7531 or

Chamber discusses how to build a 21st century workforce
Key business and education leaders joined the Chamber and the Los Angeles County Office of Education Thursday to discuss ways schools can better prepare students for a 21st century workforce. Leaders agreed that for students to succeed, they must have a vision and make a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how they’ll apply it. The group viewed a framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which outlined specific skills needed to compete in a global economy. Contact VP of Education & Workforce Development David Rattray, 213.580.7515 or

Now recruiting for 2009 Leadership L.A. class
Now more than ever before, L.A.'s leaders need to be connected to the issues and the people who will help rebuild the region's prosperity. Leadership L.A. participants gain in-depth knowledge of challenges and opportunities shaping the L.A. region and build strong and lasting relationships between class Fellows and the organizations they encounter. The early application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. Receive more info and apply now or contact VP of Leadership Programs Kevin Cottrell, 213.580.7577 or


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"Smell the Roses in 2009"


“How do you take an institution that is dazzling and make it better? Because of the city that we're located in, we can do things that are special, like civic engagement.”

Chancellor Gene Block, University of California, Los Angeles, at the Chamber's Board of Directors meeting Thursday, discussing what the university plans to engage in during the next several years.

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"Righting the Ship," Los Angeles Downtown News, Jan. 5. "In 2009, numerous businesses will be looking for a helping hand, and many of them will turn to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce."

"Double Play," Los Angeles Business Journal, Jan. 5. “They have jumped into the community as fast as any couple I’ve ever seen,” said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.

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