Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce I Nov. 10
 
L.A. BUSINESS THIS WEEK
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter
Los Angeles heralded as future of mobility at Chamber's State of L.A. Infrastructure 
 
The public and private sector came together Wednesday for the Chamber's annual State of L.A. Infrastructure Summit. Martin Powell of Siemens, the presenting sponsor of the symposium, kicked off the event by comparing L.A. assets with cities around the world and discussed the new Siemens/Chamber publication entitled "The Future of Los Angeles Infrastructure." Keynote Speaker, Metro CEO Phil Washington, gave attendees an update on public transit projects funded by Measure M. He also noted the importance of SB1, saying, "SB1 will help expand our rail lines, unclog the congestion on our highways, and accelerate every project related to Measure M." Attendees also heard from the L.A. region's top public works agencies and corporations on the infrastructure updates being made ahead of the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympic Games, including Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern California Edison, the Port of Los AngelesLos Angeles World Airports, Delta Airlines and Valero EnergySEE THE PHOTOS and READ THE REPORT.
Chamber President & CEO announces retirement

At yesterday's Chamber Board of Directors meeting, President & CEO Gary Toebben announced he will retire from his position on July 1, 2018. Toebben, who has had a distinguished, 43-year career as a chamber executive, has led L.A.'s largest business organization for 12 years.
"Serving as President and CEO of the Chamber has been the capstone of my 43 years in the chamber profession. Every day in Los Angeles has been an honor to work side by side with a talented and dedicated staff, and a board of directors and members who care so much about the future of the City and County of Los Angeles," said Toebben. READ MORE.

 
Chamber looks ahead to transportation advancements in 2018
 
The Chamber's Transportation & Goods Movement Council was joined by Brian Annis of the California State Transportation Agency on Wednesday, to discuss the progress of SB1 planning and implementation. Annis detailed the ways in which the money will be distributed, including local formulas and competitive programs. The Council also heard from Chamber Board Chair and Senior Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs at NBCUniversal, Steve Nissen, as his team detailed the public-private partnership between NBCUniversal and public transportation agencies to address congestion in the Cahuenga Pass Corridor. SEE THE PHOTOS.

Chamber Board opposes repeal of SB1 transportation funding package

Thursday, the Chamber's Board of Directors voted to oppose potential 2018 repeal efforts of the recently passed SB1 legislation. The legislation is expected to provide $5.2 billion annually in transportation funding for the state, with benefits to include: 
  • Repairing or replacing 17,000 miles of pavement
  • Repairing or replacing 500 bridges
  • Investing in public transit and commuter rail
 
 
30 years of Fancifull Gift Baskets
 
Chamber member Fancifull Gift Baskets knows a thing or two about success. The local gift retailer celebrated their 30th year in business this year, supplying the L.A. area with on demand gifts for all occasions. From the  Thanksgiving into the New Year, Fanciful Gift Baskets has your gift covered this holiday season! LEARN MORE and SEE THE PHOTOS.
 
The Chamber invites you to join us in helping our local small businesses thrive by shopping small on Saturday, Nov. 25. Learn more about Small Business Saturday HERE.
     
 
On Nov. 15, discover what your chamber membership can do for you!
 
The Chamber offers new and old members alike the opportunity to make the most of Chamber membership at our quarterly Member Orientation. Join us Nov. 15 as we welcome new members and explore ways we can work together. Network with your fellow Chamber members and make connections with Chamber staff to help grow your business. RSVP NOW.
Chamber joins forces with Export-Import Bank Alliance
 
The Chamber is proud to be a new member of the Export-Import Bank (ExIm) of the U.S. Alliance, a network of community, business and government entities that helps increase sales for export-ready U.S. businesses. Through the Alliance Program, ExIm also helps level the playing field by providing the tools needed to compete in the global marketplace. LEARN MORE.
Biz-Ed partnerships take center stage at Principal for a Day
 
This year's annual Principal for a Day (PFAD) event welcomed 130 participants who collaborated to build relationships, share resources and form partnerships to strengthen the L.A. school system and develop tomorrow's workforce. This year's program resulted in 65 partnerships, 16 of which are LAUSD linked learning career pathways. PFAD gives local business leaders a first-hand look at L.A. area schools by shadowing a school principal. The goal is to encourage business leaders and their schools to continue a partnership that lasts well beyond one day. The culmination luncheon was emceed by NBC 4 Emmy-award winning reporter John Cadiz Klemack, and held last Friday at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. LEARN MORE and SEE THE PHOTOS.
SCLN 30-in-30: George Gascón
 
This week's SCLN 30-in-30 honoree George Gascón, District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Gascón is the first Latino to hold the office in San Francisco and the nation's first police chief to become district attorney. Since his appointment in January 2011, Gascón has earned a national reputation as a visionary in criminal justice reform. Hear first-hand about his approach to justice, leadership and his journey with SCLN HERE.
 
The 30-in-30 campaign is a celebration of SCLN's 30th anniversary, honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017. Join us on Nov. 30 as we celebrate all of our honorees at the 2017 Visionaries Awards. Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison and Walmart
Chamber announces new leadership at the helm of World Trade Week 2018
 
The Chamber announced this week that Otis Cliatt, president of Pacific Harbor Line, and Vincent Iacopella, executive vice president, growth and strategy, Alba Wheels Up, will lead this year's World Trade Week efforts as chair and vice chair respectively. Cliatt and Iacopella will oversee World Trade Week's 2018 launch during the Chamber's annual Kickoff Breakfast on Friday, May 4, at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Downtown. READ THE RELEASE.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
L.A. heralded as future of mobility at Chamber's State of L.A. Infrastructure 2017
 
Policy This Week 
Chamber looks ahead to transportation advancements in 2018
 
Chamber Board opposes repeal of SB1 transportation funding package
 
The Member 
30 years of Fancifull Gift Baskets
 
The Opportunity 
Other News
Biz-Ed partnerships take center state at Principal for a Day
 
SCLN 30-in-30: George Gascón 
 
Chamber announces new leadership at the helm of World Trade Week 2018
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