L.A. Area Chamber

    TUESDAY | March 10, 2009




Coming up
at the Chamber

View all upcoming events on our Web calendar.

WED | March 18
Global Initiatives Committee Meeting
more info

FRI | March 20
Principal for a Day
more info

TUE | March 24
L.A. Export Series: Session 6
Legal Do's and Don'ts
more info

WED | March 25
Member Orientation
more info

FRI | March 27
Building a Green Community: A Conversation About Community Energy Planning
more info

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

350 S. Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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Today, 230 leaders in business, government and education from Southern California are in Washington, D.C. to visit with members of Congress and the Obama administration about issues that are crucial to the economic recovery of Southern California and our nation. Co-led by five mayors from our region including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, this year’s delegation includes 26 elected officials and more than 200 business leaders from 13 collaborating business organizations.

Our delegation’s message is clear – Southern California is America’s recovery engine poised to create and retain over a million jobs through strategic investments in our ports, airports and other economic assets vital to the nation. Over the next three days, our delegation will meet with more than 100 members of Congress and Obama Administration officials to discuss business growth and job creation.

Top on our agenda is securing our fair share of the federal stimulus package, the reauthorization of the transportation bill, and the Federal Aviation Reauthorization. The delegation will also weigh in on three of President Obama’s highest priorities: health care reform, education reform and the creation of more renewable energy and green jobs. Teams will also make the case for immigration reform, approval of the three pending free trade agreements, and tax and labor laws that foster the entrepreneurial growth of small businesses.
Southern California has a reputation in Washington, D.C. as a region that speaks with 1,000 different voices, which requires members of Congress to sort out and prioritize hundreds of competing requests and recommendations.

This week’s visit to our nation's capital unites representatives from five counties, 15 cities and 13 business organizations on one Southern California team. This week’s trip is an important step towards our region’s long term economic prosperity, but there are many more to take. We look forward to partnering with all of you to continue sharing our message with Washington lawmakers, holding them accountable and ensuring that Southern California continues to be America’s economic engine.

We greatly appreciate the 230 regional leaders who are carrying the Southern California flag this week.

And that's The Business Perspective.

Gary L. Toebben
President & CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

The Business Perspective is a weekly opinion piece by Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, produced with the input of Samuel Garrison, Vice President of Public Policy.
by Gary Toebben, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce


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