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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter
Follow the action! The Chamber's summer of success
 
As we head into fall, the Chamber has wrapped up another successful summer as the voice of business in the L.A. region. From the success of the L.A. 2028 Summer Olympics bid, boosted by a study commissioned by the Chamber and LA 2024, to our convening of a pro-housing conference to push forward a shared housing action agenda, the Chamber has been in the room, convening leaders, driving change and shaping our region. READ this summer's quarterly VOICE newsletter and WATCH our end of summer wrap-up video.

 
Funding secured, now what?  
 
The Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Council continued their work to address L.A.'s homeless crisis as they met with Tommy Newman and Frank Romero-Crockett of United Way of Greater Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Council discussed next steps and strategies to address homelessness in L.A. now that funding has been secured through Measures H and HHH. Meysha Ward, director of community affairs at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, also joined the Council to discuss the museum's plans for construction and future collections. The $1 billion, 275,000-square-foot museum will be funded in full by George Lucas and is scheduled to open in 2021. SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
Chamber voices support for Metro motion to increase transit ridership

At Metro's Board of Director's meeting Thursday, the Chamber voiced support for the countywide Transportation Demand Management program motion. The Board unanimously approved the motion, which includes provisions to work with the business community and major employers to develop public-private partnerships that will increase transit ridership. Additionally, it will enhance coordination between transit management organizations (TMOs) to improve regional connections and expand bulk-rate transit pass purchasing abilities to TMOs. LEARN MORE.
 
 
A boon for students and L.A.'s growing tech sector
 
Chamber member California State University-Dominguez Hills recently began construction on their $82 million science center. The new 91,0000-square-foot instructional and research building will include 30 classrooms and labs, all geared toward training students entering careers in STEM. "The facility will directly impact the industries that boost L.A.'s economy the most by providing graduates for the workforce with turnkey in-demand skills for generations to come," said University President Willie Hagan in a statement. READ MORE.
     
 
Is your employer your champion? 
 
The Chamber is currently seeking nominations for the second annual Employer Champion Award. This award recognizes an L.A. area employer who has implemented extraordinary life work practices for their employees and families in order to ensure a life work balance. Last year's Employer Champion Award was presented to Deloitte. NOMINATE TODAY!
It's a match! Chamber and partners prep students for a future in biotech
 
As part of the Chamber and UNITE-LA's partnership with the Amgen Foundation, Chamber staff joined partners at the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator this week. Here, they put Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) kits together for participating teachers to lead high school students in hands-on lab work with DNA. The Amgen Foundation partnership allows UNITE-LA to further advance its commitment to promoting quality STEM education and increase the reach and impact of ABE in our region. With a rapidly growing biotechnology industry, this work puts our region's students at the forefront to fill future employer needs. READ MORE and SEE THE PHOTOS.
The Executive Is In: Bixel Exchange kicks off pilot Executive-In-Residence program
 
The Chamber's Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch Small Business Development Center kicked off their inaugural Executive-In-Residence (EIR) program this month with six startups and seven advisors. The EIR program brings together tech executives and L.A. startups for hands-on, customized mentoring. The Startup LAunch team discussed goals, expectations and procedures for the pilot program. LEARN MORE.
Chamber and Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade bolster local business ties 
 
Spanish Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Executive Officer of the Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Francisco Garzon, and Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week. This commercial and investment agreement was formalized after the opening ceremony of the Southern California-Spain Investment Summit held in L.A. Thirty members of the Spanish business delegation were met by more than 200 regional business executives interested in exploring mutually beneficial business transactions. Spain is the L.A. region's 30th largest trading partner with a total bilateral trade of $1.4 billion in 2016. SEE THE PHOTOS.
Bixel Exchange Tech Ed Partnerships' reach surpasses 4,000 students
 
Bixel Exchange, the Center for Innovation & Technology at the Chamber, has released its annual fall report detailing their work in the tech education sector over the last year. From fall 2016-2017, the Tech Ed Partnerships team engaged more than 4,000 students and 60 companies in career fairs and panels, company tours, industry workshops, classroom talks, and internships and part-time jobs. At least 100 low-income students will be placed in paid tech internships by the end of 2017, and 28 interns have been hired by tech companies so far. SEE THE REPORT.
SCLN 30-in-30: Danielle Brazell
 
"Creativity is uniquely human. It is a vehicle for unlocking human potential, and it cultivates leaders who contribute their time, talent and energy back into making our communities vibrant and resilient." That's this week's 30-in-30 honoree, Danielle Brazell's, leadership philosophy. Brazell is an alumni of Leadership L.A. '10, and a recipient of a scholarship funded by Boeing. Read more about Danielle's story and the intersection of arts, civic life and community HERE.
 
The 30-in-30 campaign is a celebration of SCLN's 30th anniversary, honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017. Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company and Walmart
A rising advocate among us
 
This week, Juana Hernandez, higher education manager for the Chamber, was named UCLA's Rising Advocate of the Year. The award recognizes her work advocating on behalf of UCLA and higher education, and applauds her efforts in cultivating the new generation of advocates for the school. Hernandez is a 2009 graduate of UCLA. We congratulate her on this prestigious award and her dedication to higher education and the L.A. CompactREAD MORE.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
Follow the action! The Chamber's summer of success
 
Policy This Week 
Funding secured, now what?
 
Chamber voices support for Metro motion to increase ridership
 
The Member 
A boon for students and L.A.'s growing tech sector
 
The Opportunity 
Other News
It's a match! Chamber & Amgen prep students for future in bio-tech industry
 
The Executive Is In: Bixel Exchange kicks off pilot Executive-In-Residence program
 
Chamber and Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade bolster local business ties 
 
Bixel Exchange tech-ed partnerships reach surpasses 4,000 students
 
SCLN 30-in-30: Danielle Brazell

A rising advocate among us
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