CASH FOR COLLEGE. Thousands of high school students attended the first day of the 2008 Cash for College: College & Career Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center Thursday. The annual convention — presented by the Chamber — will be attended by a record number of 13,000 registered students and parents seeking to learn about financial aid resources during the historic economic downturn.
Above, a community college representative talks with two high school students. (View Photo Gallery)
Chamber helps announce L.A. Certified Green Business Program
The Chamber joined L.A. City Councilmember Richard Alarcon, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP); LA INC, The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau; GREEN LA and local businesses Wednesday at the Chamber to announce the creation of the city’s new voluntary green business certification program and initial funding of $150,000 from LADWP. "We are raising our hand today to say we want to be one of the first businesses to go green in the program," said Chamber Member Glenn Gritzner, Managing Director, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP, above right, with Alarcon, left. Contact Senior Public Policy Manager Alex Pugh, 213.580.7558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber meets with legislators in Sacramento
The Chamber met with dozens of lawmakers in Sacramento Monday, including Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and new Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Incoming legislators for the 2009-2010 state Legislature were sworn in Monday. Some of the priorities for next year will include budget reform, education, water and economic stimulus. Contact VP of Public Policy Sam Garrison, 213.580.7568 or email@example.com.
Chamber members encouraged to attend Member Orientation
Join us for our quarterly Member Orientation, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Chamber. The orientation is free and open to all Chamber members who have recently joined and to those wanting to learn how to maximize their membership. Connect with fellow business colleagues and Chamber staff, while receiving insightful information on Chamber committees, programs, special events and sponsorship opportunities. Register now or for more information contact Membership Manager Pat Clark, 213.580.7595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber celebrates State Sen. Scott and bill victory
The Chamber and the Campaign for College Opportunity hosted civic and business leaders Monday at the Chamber to celebrate the legislative career of State Sen. Jack Scott. Sen. Scott, who will become Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, joined the Campaign For College Opportunity to author and gain passage of the Early College Commitment bill (SB 890), which the Chamber supported. The bill will ensure that families at low-income participating school districts will be informed of opportunities to go to college and access financial aid. Contact VP of Education & Workforce Development David Rattray, 213.482.3987 or email@example.com.
Chamber hears from Loyola Marymount on its Master Plan
The Chamber's Land Use, Construction & Housing Committee got a glimpse Wednesday of Loyola Marymount University's 20-year Master Plan, which includes upgrades and new development on campus. "We’re not looking to expand beyond our current footprint of 150 acres," said Kathleen Flanagan, senior vice president of Communications & Government Relations, Loyola Marymount University. "We’re not looking to grow our student population. It’s mainly modernization and updating." The Environmental Impact Report will be available in mid-2009. Contact Public Policy Manager Vanessa Rodriguez, 213.580.7531 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"A Balanced Approach to Solving the State Budget Crisis"
“The future of business is green. Our partner in Los Angeles has been the L.A. Area Chamber.”
—L.A. City Councilmember Richard Alarcon at a press conference to announce the L.A. Certified Green Business program Wednesday at the Chamber.
"L.A. Live set for its debut with star-studded opening," Los Angeles Daily News, Dec. 3. "It will create another focal point for L.A.," said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben. "It provides that unique entertainment drawing card for downtown. Success begets success and I think that's what we'll be seeing here."
"Cash for College," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 2. Middle school and high school students and their parents can learn more about the college application process at the Chamber's seventh annual Cash for College: College and Career Convention.
"A Time for Hope and Thanks," EGPNews.com, Nov. 27. A reprint of The Business Perspective column.