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Economic Vitality Council Identifies Opportunities for Irvine’s Future

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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During the Greater Irvine Chamber’s July Economic Vitality Council (EVC) meeting, business and community leaders came together to discuss possible disruptors in dominant industry sectors in Irvine and shared strategies for optimizing opportunities in the city’s future.

The Future Focus directive of the meeting encouraged attendees to discuss topics including everything from education to infrastructure, innovation ecosystem to emerging industries, talent attraction and retention to sustainability, disruption to globalization, and AI and robotics to next-generation jobs.

“We have rich and diverse business and community engagement that allows us to ask the tough questions like how to navigate an economy that doesn’t exist yet,” said Linda DiMario, executive vice president, Greater Irvine Chamber. “The robust economy of Irvine, our high quality of life, and our 21st-century industry sectors offer us the opportunity to look at those things that may impact us and think about how to manage and mitigate them.”

The EVC is the umbrella organization under which all Chamber-driven economic development work is conducted, and meets biannually to share with Chamber membership and the community details of progress made by the council’s committees and task forces. It includes the Business and Workforce Development and International Development committees and several project-driven task forces. The EVC works to enhance the greater Irvine business environment, help businesses grow and expand, attract new businesses, and encourage collaboration that builds Irvine’s reputation and encourages startup enterprises.

Committee chairs and vice-chairs were recognized during the meeting for their contributions to their respective committees during the 2018-2019 term.

Economic Vitality Council

  • Jeff Davis

Business and Workforce Development Committee

  • Brian Andersen
  • Brian Dozer
  • John Kurth
  • Brian Montes

International Development Committee

  • Rima Nashashibi
  • Marv Sepe

Carlos Oregon will serve as the chair of the Economic Vitality Council for the 2019-2020 term. Thomas Lotts will replace John Kurth as the Business and Workforce Development Committee co-vice chair.  

The Chamber's economic development work, committees, and task forces attract and engage talent and expertise from the business and education communities and government and non-profit organizations as well as Chamber members. Funding for the Chamber's economic development work is made possible by the Hotel Improvement District's (HID) voluntary assessment on sold rooms.

For more information and to become involved, contact Pepper Russell.

Category: Chamber News, Economic Development

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