Problem #1

By: Al Smith – President and CEO of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce The phone rang in the office a couple of weeks ago and when I answered it, the voice at the other end introduced himself and said, “Betty Yee wants to come visit you.” My mind flashed back to the recent election in…

 The Value of Entrepreneurship

By: Lorraine Salazar, Owner of Sal’s Mexican Restaurant Group “Entrepreneurship” has become a media buzzword.  Pick up a newspaper and you’ll very likely find at least one story or reference to developing entrepreneurship in young people. The April Fresno Unified School District’s publication highlights a new magnet high school opening this August “featuring a specialized…

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…

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…

Recharge Fresno

Written by: Thomas Esqueda, City of Fresno Director of Public Utilities   Water Infrastructure Improvements Planned to Ensure Sustainable Water Supply for Fresno Safe, clean and reliable water is a fundamental component of healthy, vibrant and economically advantaged communities. The City of Fresno is recommending a long-term water infrastructure improvement program that would provide this…