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Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter

Poll shows 83% of Angelenos support L.A.'s 2028 Olympic Bid
 
This week, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that would bring the Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games back to Los Angeles. The Chamber and LA 2024 (now renamed LA 2028) recently commissioned the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University to survey L.A. residents' opinion on holding the 2028 Games. An overwhelming majority, 83 percent, want L.A. to host, with 54 percent in "strong" support. SEE THE POLL.

 
Chamber gives input on possible L.A. County polysterene food container ban

The Chamber testified at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors this week regarding the motion for an extended study on the 2011 report "Expanded Polystyrene Food Containers in L.A. County." The Chamber highlighted concerns of a ban on polystyrene, encouraged the County to look into new and developed technologies and to not burden small businesses with additional costs that come with a ban. The Board of Supervisors voted to have the study completed in 120 days.

Hear from Congressmembers during summer recess

With Congress on recess, we have two events in August for Circle Level members:
L.A. County to hold Prop 64 listening sessions for unincorporated communities
 
Following the passage of Prop 64, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors directed County departments to develop cannabis regulations for the unincorporated areas of L.A. County. To help inform that decision-making, the County is hosting listening sessions Aug. 5-12 in unincorporated County communities. These public sessions will be in a workshop style and facilitated to encourage honest and open dialogue about this important issue. LEARN MORE.


Metro launches new transportation workforce development program
 
Last week, Chamber member Metro launched WIN-LA, a workforce development program focused on creating career pathways in the transportation industry. The launch event introduced WIN-LA to prime contractors, small businesses and other potential partners to encourage their participation. The program will provide support for participants in life skills development and educational services, and increase the training resources needed for "hard to fill" positions in our region's transportation industry. LEARN MORE.
     
 
Tech Showcase helps you turn your building green
 
In a world of constant innovation, it can be challenging to keep up with the emerging tech needed to advance your building's efficiency. Join the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge to hear fast-pitch presentations from vetted water and energy technology companies, and get up to speed on real solutions for your building! Use code "chamberTech" for 20 percent off! RSVP NOW.  
Office Depot provides a vital tool for success in school 
 
The Chamber was on-hand again this year to help Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation hand out 5,000 sackpacks containing essential school supplies to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in the L.A. area. This is the Foundation's 17th year in handing out school supplies to kids in need. Since the National Backpack Program started in 2001, more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks have been given to students across the country. LEARN MORE.
NextLA welcomes new leadership
 
Congratulations to Chamber member Aram Nadjarian of Mozaic Media + Communications, who was recently elected the new board chair of NextLA, a partner organization housed within the Chamber's  Center for Leadership. Nadjarian is a long-time NextLA board member, and is thrilled to invest his passion and focus through this new leadership role. Welcome also to Sarah Hardin of Deloitte, who was recently elected to the NextLA board. Hardin brings extensive experience engaging young professionals in philanthropy and community service.
 
NextLA, the exciting new iteration of the L.A. Junior Chamber of Commerce, is a membership organization providing professional development, community service and network building opportunities to L.A.'s young professionals ages 21-40. LEARN MORE.
Chamber's Bixel Exchange leads discussion on tech hiring trends
 
This week, the Chamber's Bixel Exchange invited community college faculty and administration to "Industry Insights and Hiring Trends," a professional development workshop hosted at Snap Inc. LinkedIn's Nick DePorter shared industry data highlighting skills and job occupation growth for the region. Attendees also heard from hiring managers and recruiters at Snap Inc., Google, and Headspace on the importance of cultural fit and hiring from all backgrounds, and learned best practices to prepare students for careers in technology and digital media.
Chamber participates in procurement, trade & manufacturing summit
 
Carlos Valderrama, president of the Chamber's Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment, addressed more than 800 business executives in Riverside County at the third Annual Southern California Procurement, Trade & Manufacturing Summit. Valderrama spoke on the importance of trade in global markets, the strategic need to attract direct foreign investment and gave a brief update on the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations.
SCLN 30-in-30: Brissa Sotelo-Vargas
 
This week's 30-in-30 honoree is a wonderful partner to SCLN. Brissa Sotelo-Vargas is the public & government relations manager for Andeavor Corporation, LLC. A dual alum of Leadership Southern California and California Connections, Brissa stays active and engaged by participating in alumni programing and speaking to current fellows. Brissa was also recently recognized by Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine.
 
The 30-in-30 campaign is a celebration of SCLN's 30th anniversary, honoring 30 outstanding alumni throughout 2017. Thank you to our 30th anniversary sponsors: The Albertsons Companies Foundation and The Vons Foundation, Southern California Gas Company and Walmart. Join us in strengthening Southern California's civic and community fabric -- to learn more about how to boost your company's profile during our 30th anniversary celebrations, contact Nancy Olson.
Chamber partners with City & County on Strategic Plan for Disconnected Youth
 
The Chamber hosted more than 100 partners on Wednesday to celebrate the launch of the L.A. Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) Strategic Plan for disconnected youth. Nearly one out of six young people in the region, ages 18-24, are not in school and not working, amounting to over 170,000 disconnected youth. L.A. P3 is a collaborative effort led by the City of L.A. to improve the education, workforce, housing and social well-being outcomes for L.A.'s disconnected youth population. SEE THE PLAN.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
The Action
Poll shows 83% of Angelenos support L.A.'s 2028 Olympic Bid
 
Policy This Week |
Chamber gives input on possible L.A. County polysterene food container ban

Hear from Congressmembers during summer recess

L.A. County to hold Prop 64 listening sessions for unincorporated communities
 
The Member |
Metro launches new transportation workforce development program
 
The Opportunity |
LABBC's Tech Showcase helps you turn your building green
Other News
 
Office Depot provides a vital tool for success in school 
 
NextLA welcomes new leadership
 
Chamber's Bixel Exchange leads discussion on tech hiring trends