Water advocacy gains national attention

California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent executive order requiring 25% water reduction for all residents highlighted the severity of our current drought. Central Valley residents know all too well that our drought situation is crippling the agriculture industry and leaving communities without access to clean water for basic functions like drinking, cooking and bathing. The first-of-its-kind…

Giving workers and employers flexibility makes sense for families

By Senator: Tom Berryhill Getting government out of the way so that businesses can thrive and prosper continues to be my top legislative priority. Frivolous or ‘gotcha’ lawsuits continue to divert valuable resources from expanding a business and hiring people to fighting the lawsuits.  The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the California Environmental Quality…

Setting the Bar

By: Al Smith – President and CEO of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce   As most of you know, the Chamber conducts an annual Valley Business Awards Luncheon.  Following this year’s event, one of the attendees came up to me and stated something that really got me thinking.  He said, “Rewarding business leaders like this…

Adding a ‘Spark!’ to education

The Arts: Nicety or Necessity?  That was the question and theme of our 121st Annual Installation Banquet on January 30th. As we listened to speaker after speaker point to the importance of the arts in their success, the answer was clear; the arts are a necessity. Our community has the opportunity to lift up the…

Celebrating the Arts at the 2014 Chamber Installation Banquet

By: Lorraine Salazar, Owner of Sal’s Mexican Restaurant Group A big “Muchas Gracias” to your Fresno Chamber of Commerce staff, Board Members and sponsors for making the Annual Installation Banquet held Friday, January 30th a great success.  Over 330 Chamber members, clients and friends enjoyed visiting with other business and community leaders while being entertained…

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Global Cities Initiative

By: Anna Borgeas – Vice President and COO of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce   We are finally coming out of the Great Recession (Collective sigh of relief.) But, if we know anything about our region, we tend to lag behind in recoveries, which means we need to dig deeper to find better ways to…