Earlier this week, more than 60 BizFed leaders joined more than 180 Los Angeles-area business leaders for the annual ACCESS DC advocacy trip organized by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Gilbert Ivey, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and BizFed Chair-elect.

The White House released a fact sheet recently that highlighted 2014 state export data and included links to FTA impact by state fact sheets. (Check out California data here. More than $174 Billion in exports last year!)

Many thanks to Arup for hosting the February Board Meeting! This summary of Board actions will arm you and your members on the critical issues we covered.

BizFed Board supports keeping Los Angeles Air Force Base and affiliated military and civilian personnel in place

There is good transportation news this week. With a united Board of Directors, an effective CEO, a supportive LA County Congressional Delegation and outstanding staff work  - Metro was able to secure $35 million worth of State of Good Repair grants for clean CNG buses over the past several years.

These federal dollars - coupled with Metro’s investment of local dollars – have given Metro the distinction of maintaining the largest CNG bus fleet in North America.

BizFed's Growing Alliance

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.

"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 here," said David Fleming, BizFed's Founding Chair. "BizFed's ability to leverage power in numbers continues to deliver victory on key economic issues."

Many thanks to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for hosting the January Board Meeting and Officer Installation Reception! This summary of Board actions will arm you and your members on the critical issues we covered.

BizFed backs Redondo Beach Measure B for mixed-use development project

Important Transportation Wins for LA County

There are several key items in the 2015 fiscal spending bill recently approved by Congress that will help LA County boost its transportation infrastructure - as well as create jobs.