Nearly two-dozen BizFed members engaged in an insightful small-group dialogue last month with Congressman Kevin McCarthy, delving into issues ranging from taxes and transportation to education and visa reform –...
Nearly two-dozen BizFed-member business leaders took part in a special behind-the-scenes Inspection Trip of the Colorado River Aqueduct & Hoover Dam Nov. 2-4. The educational trip was hosted by Metropolitan Water...
Today we are pleased to report that the LA County Board of Supervisors voted NOT TO PROCEED with the proposed “Clean Water, Clean Beaches” parcel tax measure. This is a big victory for the business...
Have you checked out the California Business Roundtable's California Center for Jobs and the Economy yet? There's a lot for BizFed members to use on the website! BizFed member organization Building...
With this year's unprecedented turnover in LA County's state legislative delegation (13 Assembly and 2 Senate), BizFed held its first-ever special breakfast reception Feb. 22 for freshman state legislators to...
BizFed leaders are continuing their nearly 2 years of direct engagement with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office to help move California’s economy forward, meeting recently to discuss the status of his office...
You saw the news about LA City Council approving the Southern California International Gateway (SCIG), which will both create jobs and improve air quality for Southern California.  As hard as we work to urge...
LA Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti last week gave BizFed a shout-out by name, at a breakfast with key business leaders, and emphasized his commitment to making Los Angeles a better place to do business. BizFed has already...
A BizFed leadership delegation visited Sacramento May 15, continuing our alliance's advocacy on behalf of business across the region. BizFed leaders who attended included: Tracy Rafter, BizFed CEO;  Mark...
MOVE LA has authored an exceptional piece looking at the top transportation gains during Mayor Villaraigosa's tenure as mayor of LA City. BizFed - and its many member organizations - have been involved in many of...
The BizFed Institute convened more than 100 top business leaders at Woodbury University in Burbank Wednesday for a frank and spirited discussion of the opportunities and challenges associated with accessing the...
At the President's Export Council meeting today at the White House, President Barack Obama highlighted a steady increase in U.S. exports during his term as “one of the biggest bright spots” in the...
BizFed (Los Angeles County Business Federation), representing over 120 top business organizations with more than 260,000 business owners across the region – with more than 2.5 million employees across LA County...
The June 3 primary is rapidly approaching - and BizFed is actively engaged in holding special Meet-and-Greets with key candidates in LA County races for Supervisor, Assessor and Sheriff. If you missed last week...
The June 3 primary is rapidly approaching - and BizFed is actively engaged in holding special Meet-and-Greets with key candidates in Los Angeles County races for Supervisor, Assessor, and Sheriff. If you missed...
Proposals to change California’s Proposition 13, combined with significant government spending increases threaten the economic future of the state, members of the Los Angeles Business Federation (BizFed) heard...
A new BizFed survey shows employers think things are getting better – 25% more say business conditions will improve this year than did last year and 20% more report that they plan to hire than did last year....
BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter was in Washington, D.C. on May 21 with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (pictured) and other top officials to celebrate the award of $2.1 billion to extend the...
California State University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on LAEDC CEO and BizFed member Bill Allen at the May 22 Commencement ceremony of the David Nazarian School of Business and Economics at...
BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter was honored with the leadership award at the 17th annual Valley of the Stars Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony hosted by The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA). Rafter was honored for...
Southern California policymakers and businesses must urgently work to both conserve and tap into new sources of water or quality of life and economic growth will suffer, according to an expert panel convened in June...
There is timely intelligence from the President’s Export Council June meeting in DC that BizFed CEO Tracy Rafter attended on behalf of BizFed along with Gene Hale, founding Chair of GLAACC and owner of G&C...

BizFed Former Chair Kelsall Noted for Nonprofit Work

John Kelsall, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce CEO, and his wife, Teri, started the nonprofit The Jonas Project in memory of their son, Jonas, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. The project links veterans who want to start their own businesses with business owners for entrepreneurial mentoring.

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BizFed Elects 2014 Officers, Issues Call to Lawmakers

BizFed (Los Angeles County Business Federation), representing over 120 top business organizations with more than 260,000 business owners across the region – with more than 2.5 million employees across LA County - is pleased to announce its new officers for 2014 and a statement of principles by which BizFed is urging Senators, Assembly members and the Governor to legislate this year.

BizFed’s 2014 Officers

Chair:

BizFed 2014 Member Priorities

BizFed is compiling a list of the 2014 priorities of each of our 120+ member organizations. We will share this information among BizFed members to collectively synchronize our efforts. We will also communicate this to elected officials and the press to educate to help raise awareness of your top concerns.

Ontario, LA agree to suspend airport lawsuit

Ontario’s lawsuit to regain control of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports was placed on temporary hold Dec. 5 to allow the cities to try to settle the matter out of court.

Ontario has been seeking local control of the Inland airport since 2010, after several years of declining passenger numbers. The downward trend has continued and by the end of this year, the airport is expected to see 3.9 million passengers, 42 percent less than in 2007 — and fewer travelers than in 1986.

The Planning Report talked to Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board since 2007. She spoke at the CleanTech LA Global Showcase on November 5.

BizFed member Boeing will cut 200 to 300 Southern California jobs in a nationwide realignment of its research and development workforce to make the operation more nimble. The cuts will come from Boeing's Research & Technology Division, where roughly 700 workers are currently spread across plants in El Segundo, Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.

Most of those employees work in Huntington Beach, with some in Seal Beach and smaller numbers in Long Beach and El Segundo, Boeing spokesman Daryl Stephenson said.

Unprecedented levels of collaboration at the federal, state and local levels regarding job creation. Workforce development, project streamlining, tax credit incentives and eliminating non-performing programs.

These were among the recommendations from speakers at the 4th Annual Economic Recovery & Job Creation Summit co-hosted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC) in downtown Los Angeles December 5.

Major Global Trade Deal Announced

There is  good news today for international trade and our global economy: For the first time in nearly 20 years, the World Trade Organization's 159 member economies late yesterday reached a deal that could boost global trade by $1 TRILLION over time.