The Business Perspective

$2.1 Billion from D.C. A Team Effort

Gary Toebben on May 27, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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I’ve made more than 100 trips to Washington D.C. during my 39 years serving chambers of commerce in four states, but last Wednesday’s trip to D.C. was the most rewarding. Its purpose was the signing by Metro and federal transportation officials of a $1.25 billion Capital Investment Grant and an $856 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for phase one of the Purple Line Extension to West Los Angeles County.  

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STEM Education is Key to Our Economic Future

Gary Toebben on May 20, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The next big breakthrough in medicine, the Internet, manufacturing, green energy and construction will all have one thing in common: they will all be discovered or designed by a person educated in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). America's ability to compete globally will depend on innovations related to STEM and the economic opportunities for the young people in our classrooms today will depend on their education in subjects related to STEM.

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A Voter's Guide for Business on June 3

Gary Toebben on May 13, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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The Chamber is an advocate for business growth and jobs for the residents of Los Angeles County. An important part of this advocacy is voting for candidates who share our commitment to creating an environment that will help businesses grow.

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Water Crisis Demands Action

Gary Toebben on May 6, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Water will be a high priority during the Chamber's ACCESS Sacramento trip next week.  The reliable greenery we take for granted in California may be coming to an end without swift action.  

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Toyota's Decision: A Major Loss for California

Gary Toebben on April 29, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Toyota is moving 3,000 high-paying jobs from California to Texas over the next three years. Thousands of L.A. County families will be directly impacted by this job loss and many other support businesses and their employees will also feel the pain. The ripple effect will go on and on, including hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations that Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. has generously supported.

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This is our Chance

Gary Toebben on April 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Friday, the State Employment Development Department issued its employment numbers for March. The good news is that employment increased once again in California and Los Angeles County. The bad news is that California still has 84,300 fewer jobs than it had at the start of the Great Recession, and L.A. County has 75,200 fewer jobs, almost 90 percent of the State total.  

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Boeing Provides a Spark to the Economy

Gary Toebben on April 15, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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A job is like a fire, providing energy, light, heat and sustenance to the life of the person who holds the flame. It illuminates the vision ahead to see a brighter future of caring for oneself and our families. Last week, the Los Angeles region received the promise of many more lights with The Boeing Co.’s announcement that it would soon be moving 1,000 high paying skilled engineering jobs to our communities.

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Clinton: Yes Sacramento: No

Gary Toebben on April 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last Thursday morning, former President Bill Clinton was at L.A. City Hall with Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss strategies to finance economic development and to promote job growth, climate mitigation and resiliency through 21st century infrastructure. Clinton was joined by the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange and spent much of his time touting the opportunity to use public-private partnerships to advance infrastructure projects in Los Angeles and California.  

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Lights, Camera and Action Now

Gary Toebben on April 1, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Last week, in the first step of what will be a long legislative journey, Assembly Bill 1839, which will retain movie and TV production jobs in California, passed its first committee with a unanimous 7-0 vote. We applaud the members of the Assembly Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee for their vision, but none of us can stop for even one television commercial to rest on this initial victory. 

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Thank you Mayor, Disney and L.A. County

Gary Toebben on March 25, 2014 at 12:00:00 am in The Business Perspective 
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Today was a good day for the young people of Los Angeles. At a news conference this morning in support of HIRE-LA's Youth, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti reaffirmed his commitment to hiring 10,000 young people this summer and brought with him partners in government and business to announce their support. The Chamber has co-sponsored HIRE-LA’s Youth with the mayor’s office for nine years.   

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