It’s a great place to visit but….

Scott Karl, Scott Karl Economic & Insurance Services, Chamber Ambassador I bet you’ve heard the cliché, “It’s a great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there” a few times at a cocktail party or around the office water cooler and shared that sentiment when it comes to our own fair city. Unfortunately,…

Grapes and Elephants

By: Doug Betts, Business/Education Committee Chairman  Let me start this article by assuring you that by its end, you’ll understand how picking grapes, eating an elephant and other odd topics are relevant to the Business / Education Committee of the Fresno Chamber. While having lunch with a fellow committee member at Chandler Airport recently, he…

Thumbs down to property criminals

By: Scott Miller, Fresno Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman and Owner of Gazebo Gardens I am a relentlessly optimistic guy, and generally regarded as mellow to a fault, but property crime really gets me fired up.  So I’ll beg your forgiveness that this isn’t my usual lighthearted, optimistic article.  Of all the categories of crime…

The Vanishing Middle

By: Chamber President & CEO, Al Smith I was seen in public with John Hutson the other day.  I know I shouldn’t be doing that.  It was a weak moment.  For those few who don’t know John Hutson, he is the larger than life union head of the Building and Trades Council AFL/CIO. As we…

Eaves Dropping on a Committee Meeting

By: Doug Betts, Business/Education Committee Chairman Our committee’s May 8, 2012 meeting began at 7:31 a.m. in the Gottschalks Conference Room of the Fresno Chamber. We began with self-introductions and stakeholder reports.  I believe this part of the meeting is one of the most valuable parts of being a member of this committee, although it…