From attending conferences with tourism and legislative partners to connection with future business leaders, Chamber staff has been busy both in and out of the office this past month. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to:
• The Chamber joined representatives from the EconAlliance of Northern SB County in Washington DC on October 9 -11. Chamber leadership visited with representatives from the US Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and Small Business Administration to discuss initiatives that would benefit our regional economy.
• The Advisory Committee for the SMV Tourism Marketing District (managed by the Chamber) met on October 3 to get an update on marketing efforts and discuss ways to expand tourism visits to our region.
• The Chamber joined with business leaders and the community to celebrate the 2nd annual Central Coast AirFest on October 11-13. The Chamber was a sponsor of the event again this year, which drew thousands of locals and people from out of town to enjoy the event in Santa Maria.
• The Chamber attended United Way’s Mayor’s Ball on October 12. In addition to being a sponsor, several members of the Chamber staff were actively involved in planning and executing the event to support United Way’s efforts to address adult literacy and homelessness in our community.
The Chamber had a booth at Allan Hancock College’s 15th Annual Career Exploration Day, where they surveyed high school students about their career goals and job interests.
• The Chamber participated in a Growth Mitigation Fee workshop hosted by the City (Sept 25) to advocate for transparency, accuracy, and fairness in the fees charged to new commercial and residential development.
• Santa Maria Chamber President/CEO Glenn Morris is at the California Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Conference this week to gain insight on what’s going on at the State level so we can continue to advocate our local businesses here in Santa Maria.