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...
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...
"From idea to reality, creating a county-wide alliance of top business leaders has proven to be a successful tool for ensuring all 88 cities across LA County remain dedicated to creating jobs and keeping them...
The diverse power in numbers of our alliance is growing!  Check out our new 2-minute video to see the expert voices BizFed brings together to tackle our region's toughest economic issues.

Biz-Friendly Incentives Land New Firm for LA

Another good example of Cities in LA County stepping up to compete to be Business Friendly is today's announcement by the LA City Mayor’s business team that a woman-owned, major financial software firm, BlackLine Systems, will move to take advantage of increased incentives for business growth and job creation in Los Angeles.

 

EZ Breaking News: CA Reform Bills & Jobs Evidence

With CA Enterprise Zones in the budget-cost-cutting crosshairs, Assemblyman Manuel Pérez, chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy (JEDE), this morning announced two new bills aimed at reforming EZs. The EZ Policy Blog reports the two bills, AB 231 and

CA Voters' View of Brown So Far: Enh

One of the first pictures of voters’ moods and attitudes since Gov. Brown’s election and proposed budget release finds some interesting things: They’re not too fond of the governor so far, don’t quite understand the state’s budget mess, favor cutting CRAs and EZs, favor raising taxes on corporations, and favor giving local governments more control – sort of.

 

Year-over-year container traffic at the Port of Los Angeles surged 16 percent last year, with a record number of exports leading the way, the port announced last week – and that’s helping advance the President’s National Export Initiative agenda that BizFed member Gene Hale of GLAAAC is involved in.The NEI seeks to double national exports over the next five years. “This is good news not only for Los Angeles, but cities across the nation,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Jack Kyser's Legacy: Keeping It Alive

Passionate and witty. Confident, yet humble. This was, in essence, Jack Kyser to the more than 300 people who filled a Millennium Biltmore Hotel ballroom Wednesday to honor the man many considered the authoritative voice on the Southern California economy. And with his passing, he has left a legacy worth following.

Read a tribute to Jack Kyser by Bill Allen, CEO of LAEDC, here.

LA Gets U.S. OK for Start of New Subway, Rail Lines

Pursuit of an expanded mass-transit system in LA advanced this week after federal officials cleared the local transportation agency to start preliminary engineering on new subway and light-rail lines. Raffi Hamparian at Metro says the FTA formally notified the agency that it has approved the Westside Subway Extension and the Regional Connector for entry into preliminary engineering. 

Senate Committee Chair and Assembly Committee Assignments for 2011-12 Session - With new lawmakers, a new Governor, and a new state budget, pinpointing which legislators are directly involved in various issues will be key in the months ahead. CalChamber has compiled a complete list of Senate Committee Chair and Assembly Committee assignments for the 2011–12 legislative session - take a look: Los Angeles County members are highlighted in bold below.

Senate Committee Chair Assignments

2011: Optimism on Villaraigosa's 30/10 initiative

Looking to the year ahead, Los Angeles' civic agenda is likely to be dominated by continuing fiscal stress, but nothing City Hall can do for the local economy will have a greater impact than vigorously pushing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 30/10 initiative in the next Congress, writes Tim Rutten in an LA Times Op-Ed published on New Year's Day.