Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I May 25
 
L.A. BUSINESS THIS WEEK
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter
 
 
Chamber members in Sacramento advocate on behalf of Southern California
 
This week, more than 80 business leaders joined the Chamber for the annual Access Sacramento advocacy trip. The trip kicked off with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon at the opening reception and a dinner where attendees heard from L.A. delegation members, including State Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymembers Adrin Nazarian, Miguel Santiago and Blanca Rubio. The Governor's final budget was a running theme on Wednesday during breakfast remarks from Director of Finance Michael Cohen and CalMatters columnist Dan Walters, and lunch remarks from Controller Betty Yee and CalMatters Senior Editor Dan Morain. Participants personally visited more than 60 legislative offices and state department and advocated for or against 60 legislative bills and budget line items. SEE FULL AGENDA.
           
 
 
Congress passes Chamber supported bill to aid community banks
 
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2155 - the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act - by a 258-159 vote. In a welcome moment of bipartisanship, 33 Democrats joined almost all House Republicans in supporting the bill, which provides regulatory relief for smaller community and regional banks and seeks to improve small businesses' access to financing. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law, representing one of the most significant and much-needed changes to Dodd-Frank.
 
 
 
Rose Bowl Game Youth Football Clinic featuring Marcus Robertson, Chad Brown and Health and Fitness Day
 
The Tournament of Roses and the City of Pasadena will host the Rose Bowl Game Youth Football Clinic on June 9 at the Rose Bowl Stadium. The clinic is led by current, and former, NFL and college football coaches and is free to youth football players ages 6-13. Close to 300 participants will take part in agility drills, offensive and defensive training and character development. For the first time, the event will also offer fitness classes, wellness and nutritional products, and Stadium tours for parents and patrons in attendance. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information please contact Alyssa Cole.
 
     
 
Celebrate the first anniversary of NextLA

NextLA invites L.A.'s young professionals to join the celebration of their first anniversary on Thursday, May 31, 6-8 p.m., at The Association in downtown Los Angeles. Formerly the L.A. Junior Chamber of Commerce, NextLA re-launched in 2017 as part the Chamber family. NextLA offers professional development, community engagement and network-building for diverse, cross-sector emerging leaders. Connect with like-minded young professionals, learn more about how you can benefit from NextLA's programs and be entered to win a round-trip ticket on Southwest, plus other great prizes. Chamber members use the code "NEXTLAMEMBER" at checkout and get the $10 ticket price. RSVP NOW, and invite your colleagues!
 
     
The Future of L.A.'s Health Care Workforce: Designing Solutions that Work

Yesterday, the Center for a Competitive Workforce (CCW) released Health Care Services in the Los Angeles Basin. The report forecasts job opportunities, analyzes changing skills requirements and illuminates career education pathways for the local-serving health care industry in the greater L.A. Basin. The CCW is a unique partnership between the L.A. Area Chamber, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, the community college system of 19 L.A.-based colleges and the Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research at Mount SAC. The report was funded by the Strong Workforce Program, an initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. "This report helps us identify skills gaps and align workforce development with the hiring needs of our local health care employers," said David Rattray, executive vice president, Center for Education Excellence & Talent Development at the Chamber. "We urge participation in our industry council, where business and industry can lead demand driven strategies and partner with our colleges and post-secondary educational institutions to develop fruitful workforce strategies that will further the Los Angeles economy." LEARN MORE and READ THE REPORT.
 
 
     
SCLN's Riordan Leadership Institute graduates historic 50th class

The historic 50th class of the Riordan Leadership Institute (RLI) graduated on May 19. Founded by Mayor Richard Riordan in 1990, and now housed at the Chamber's partner organization, Southern California Leadership Network, RLI prepares early- to mid-career professionals to serve on nonprofit boards. More than 1,300 people have graduated from RLI since its founding. LEARN MORE about the Riordan Leadership Institute and how to apply for Class 51. Thanks to RLI sponsors, the California Community Foundation, Capital Group and The Riordan Foundation.
     
World Trade Week Committee receives Pacific Harbor Line rail tour on Silver Lariat

Members of the Chamber's World Trade Week Committee received a private train ride aboard the Silver Lariat in the San Pedro Harbor this week, as part of a celebratory lunch hosted by Pacific Harbor Line (PHL), where they learned about the key role of the short line rail. "It was a pleasure to lead a very diversified group of global supply-chain industry professionals based in greater Los Angeles," said PHL President Otis Cliatt II. "Serving World Trade Week the past two years as both chairman and vice chairman has been a fantastic opportunity -- one that I will cherish for years to come. I thank the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for allowing me to participate." For 20 years, Pacific Harbor Line has provided superior railroad services to a variety of stakeholders in and around the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the nation's busiest port complex. LEARN MORE about World Trade Week.
 
     
Chamber participates in the Vietnam-U.S. Trade Forum

Carlos J. Valderrama, president of the Chamber's Center of International Trade & Foreign Investment, participated as panelist, via a video conference, in the Vietnam-U.S. Trade Forum organized by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. With an audience of more than 300 business executives and government officials, he covered the fast development of Vietnam as the Los Angeles region's No. 4 largest trading partner with a bilateral commercial exchange of almost $20 billion; the significance of the 2007 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement signed between the U.S. and Vietnam; and the need to continue promoting additional commercial, cultural and industrial exchanges between the L.A. region and Vietnam. 
 
     
Chamber's Bixel Exchange attends HackFosterCareLA+1

Yesterday, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange attended HackFosterCareLA+1 to discuss how Los Angeles' tech sector is helping Los Angeles County improve outcomes for foster youth and families in L.A. During the event, Bixel Exchange connected with other organizations and employers to share their work creating tech pathways for underrepresented youth. L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline intern Dandy Reyes spoke on a panel discussing how Bixel's programs have helped him establish a network in the tech industry. LEARN MORE about Bixel Exchange's L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline program.
 

IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
Chamber members in Sacramento advocate on behalf of Southern California
 
Policy This Week 
Congress passes Chamber supported bill to aid community banks
 
The Member
Rose Bowl Game Youth Football Clinic featuring Marcus Robertson, Chad Brown and Health and Fitness Day
 
The Opportunity
The Future of L.A.'s Health Care Workforce: Designing Solutions that Work
 
SCLN's Riordan Leadership Institute graduates historic 50th class
 
World Trade Week Committee receives Pacific Harbor Line rail tour on Silver Lariat
 
Chamber participates in the Vietnam-U.S. Trade Forum
 
Chamber's Bixel Exchange attends HackFosterCareLA+1
CHAMBER CALENDAR
 
Thursday, May 31
 
Health Care Council
Friday, June 1
 
 
 
Small Business Council
Thursday, June 7
 
 
Welcome New Chamber Members!
 
Boingo Wireless, Inc.
A&A Notary Classes/Live Scan Fingerprinting

Anamika Ventures

Consulate General of the Netherlands

Good News
 
BYD Honored For Creating American Jobs - On May 24, BYD received the Los Angeles World Trade Center's inaugural Foreign Direct Investment Award. "This year's inaugural awardee is BYD Motors, which now employs over 800 people at its Los Angeles County electric bus manufacturing operations, providing good jobs for Angelenos, technologies that are helping Los Angeles improve air quality, and fueling rapid growth of L.A.'s exciting advanced transportation industry cluster." - Los Angeles World Trade Center
 
Challengers Clubhouse receives new and improved basketball courts! - "Thank you to the Lakers Youth Foundation for transforming our Challengers Clubhouse with renovated indoor and outdoor basketball courts!" - Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles
 
Marvel Comics Black Panther DVD release screening at Challengers Clubhouse - On May 16, Disney provided an exclusive screening of the Blu-ray and digital release of Black Panther to youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles.
In the News...

Kaiser Permanente to commit $200 million to help communities reduce homelessness, Los Angeles Times, 5.18.18; Community college funding: Put students first, Capitol Weekly, 5.21.18; Majority of California voters want to repeal gas tax increase, poll finds, Los Angeles Times, 5.24.18
 
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