February 2018 News From The Chamber
A few weeks ago at our 80th Annual Dinner, Anastacia L. Snyder, 2018 Board Chair, promised the crowd we're not just going to think outside of the box this year, but act outside of it as well. Our Special Report from the Task Force on City Revenues & Expenditures proves that. Advocating for business looks different today than it did 10 years ago, that's for sure.
Major concerns throughout California cities - and cities across the nation - center around crime, aging infrastructure, debt, and homelessness. To get to the root of some of these issues, our Task Force analyzed four major buckets within the City budget: police, roads, fire, and pensions. The City has done an excellent job moving our municipal budget into the black, but we're woefully under-resourced when it comes to fully meeting community expectations.
While our Special Report utters the words "revenue measure" it doesn't commit beyond requesting that our City Council and community explore it as a means to meeting goals through targeted investment. It's a pretty taboo topic, one that's generated plenty of quiet support but little public celebration, naturally. We know you have opinions as members of our business community and we want to hear them. RSVP for one of two upcoming input sessions at the Chamber: February 22nd from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. or February 26th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
There's plenty to celebrate in our new Community Vision video! Take a look at what some of the superstars in Chico are doing to make this a great place to work and live. And help us congratulate our 2017 business and community award recipients who go above and beyond. I'm often asked what's special about Chico and I answer "the people" every single time. You. Thank you!