Here’s Your Opportunity to Set the Course for Irvine’s Business Community in 2018!

Monday, January 08, 2018

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The Greater Irvine Chamber Economic Vitality Council’s (EVC) Jan. 16 Forward Focus meeting will offer task force, Chamber members, and business community leaders an opportunity to participate together in a discussion and propose action on current business issues and challenges. The goal of the meeting is to set the course for 2018 and positively influence the business environment and economic vitality of Irvine and Orange County.

The January EVC meeting will take place at the Chamber, 36 Executive Park, Suite 100, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., with a reception immediately following. Chamber members and members of the business community are encouraged to attend.

According to a percentage of Business Outreach Rally responses and our conversations with Irvine companies, there are signs that attracting talent may be an increasing problem for the region’s technology-based industries. This area produces 30,000 STEM graduates annually – but there is stiff competition for this talent. During the meeting, EVC will explore what it and its committees can do to help companies in Irvine attract and retain qualified talent.

EVC chair and vice president of the Irvine Company Jeff Davis will also lead the discussion of other topics slated for the meeting, including:

  • Supplementing existing Chamber programs and initiatives to address Irvine and Orange County’s increasingly diverse population.
  • Tactics the Chamber can carry out for its regional business attraction strategy (Southern California, Northern California, and other western states) to raise Irvine’s profile among qualified prospects and gain their consideration to relocate or expand in the greater Irvine area.
  • Analyzing Chamber resources, activities, programs and partnerships, to continue to maximize Irvine’s economic growth.
  • Ways the EVC and its committees can cultivate Irvine’s emerging industries and support their growing job opportunities.

The Economic Vitality Council is the umbrella organization under which all Chamber-driven economic development work is conducted. It is composed of the Business & Workforce Development and International Development committees. The EVC is charged to enhance the greater Irvine business environment, help businesses grow and expand, attract new businesses, and encourage collaboration that builds our reputation and encourages startups. 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) assessment on sold rooms.

The Economic Vitality Council meets twice a year to share committee and task force work with Chamber membership and the community. EVC committees meet monthly to review and discuss progress reports and recommendations.

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

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