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Now Available Chamber Special Report and Community Vision Commercial

NOW AVAILABLE the Special Report from the Task Force on City Revenues & Expenditures! This Special Report calls the City of Chico and our community to action around exploring a revenue measure to meet essential community needs like police staffing and roadway improvements. The Chamber has also launched the Community Vision video series touching on the five community priorities. Click HERE To View Our Community Vision Commercial.

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Chico Retail Watch Program Begets Positive Signs, Police Say

By Andre Byik | abyik@chicoer.com | Chico Enterprise-Record
PUBLISHED: August 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm | UPDATED: August 8, 2018 at 11:24 am
 

CHICO — Following the launch this year of a watch program whose aim is helping retailers curb shoplifting, the Chico Police Department has seen signs that the effort has brought about positive results...

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Editorial: Talking About Chico Streets Is A Positive Step

"At first glance, an onlooker might consider a City Council action Tuesday as a loss for the Chico Chamber of Commerce, but that’s not the way it’s playing out. Back in January, the chamber made a bold move by suggesting the city put a “revenue measure” on the ballot, a euphemism for a tax. It could be a sales tax hike or property tax increase. The chamber never specified, but ventured that the revenue could be used for public safety and roads, two hot-button issues with Chico residents ...

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Chico Chamber Misses Revenue Discussion, But Pleased With Focus On Streets

"CHICO — While the Chico City Council decided Tuesday not to discuss a tax increase proposal, the councilman who brought the issue forward said he’ll try again. Nevertheless,  the Chico Chamber is encouraged that one part of its proposal — more funding for streets — will be discussed. Earlier this month, Councilor Karl Ory asked the council to schedule a discussion about the chamber’s ...

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Chico Chamber Hosting Cannabis Panel

"CHICO — The Chico Chamber has put out notice of a panel session two months ahead of time, but already reservations are pouring in from local employers. “Cannabis: Panel Q&A for Employers” is about California’s new cannabis law ushered in by Proposition 64, and what employers need to know. It’s also an opportunity for employers to ask questions of experts in labor laws and cannabis. Chamber CEO ...

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June 2018 News From The Chamber

"It's all about courage," said the announcer when Mark Francis and Tom Lando took the stage in Sacramento last week to receive their Business Advocate of the Year awards from the California Chamber of Commerce (see videos below). And it's true, sometimes the Chamber has to say unpopular things to advocate for the betterment of our businesses and our ... 

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Businesses Prepare for Graduation Weekend

"Chico, Calif.--The Chico State graduation is just days away now and businesses are preparing for what's going to be a busy weekend as thousands make their way to Chico. Katie Simmons, president and CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, said that all 1,200 of the city's hotel rooms are booked. Families already have somewhere to stay, and now they'll need a way to get around, and that's where G-Ride ....

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Chico on the Verge? Part 2

"In the second segment of our special series, Chico on the Verge? we examine the challenges facing a growing community while operating within a limited budget. Chico, Calif. – For many of us, living within a budget can sometimes be a challenge and that is also true when the focus is on millions of dollars and the oversight it takes to run a city. The challenge then becomes how leaders make decisions when projected expenses outpace ...

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Advisory board discusses violent crimes, shoplifting and registering parties

"Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien told the Police Community Advisory Board Monday that he’s working on a party-registration ordinance. The most unexpected news to come out of the Police Community Advisory Board meeting on Monday (May 7) came after the regular agenda had concluded and Mike Campos, owner of Campos Properties, approached the lectern to address the panel. His concern was with crime in the south ...

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Chico On The Verge? Part 1

"There is an evolution taking place in Chico, California, which involves the past, meeting the present and both moving into the future. Chico, Calif. – There is an evolution taking place in Chico, California, which involves the past, meeting the present and both moving into the future. As a growing community, the realities of that transformation could dictate success or failure for residents as well as the business community ...

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May 2018 News From The Chamber

"If there are 5 steps between us, I am willing to walk 3." This was the resounding philosophy behind the work of Deborah Elam when she served as Chief Diversity Officer for General Electric. She didn't coin the phrase, but she now shares it when teaching executives how to bridge divides, whether they are diversity related or political in nature. Be the one ...

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April 2018 News From The Chamber

On one hand, District Attorney Mike Ramsey says, "Chico doesn't have a shoplifting problem." On the other hand, a long-time Chico retailer says, "we're going to be in a war forever." Who is correct? Well, if you look at the number of local shoplifting prosecutions in 2017, the DA is clearly right. But, talk to any retailer and you hear story after story of increasingly flagrant theft. Mr. Ramsey was being facetious ...

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2018 Business Summit and State of the City Address Podcast Now Available

January 26th the Chico Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the official 2018 Business Summit & State of the City Address with the City of Chico. The Business Summit included the an annual State of the City address by the Mayor of the City of Chico, Sean Morgan. Other presentations include: a Business Climate Report from Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors...

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Retail Watch Program Works To Reduce Shoplifting In Chico

"Retailer watch group forms community partnership with law enforcement to stop shoplifting. Shoplifting is a growing problem Chico, and community leaders say they've had enough. Matt Smith, owner of Sports LTD - has been in the retail business since 1985. One ongoing economic challenge he says he continually faces …shoplifting. "We're seeing...

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Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Chico Chamber Releases 2018 Local Election Guide

AUGUST 3, 2018   CHICO, CA The Chico Chamber of Commerce released the 2018 Local Election Guide this week to share Q&A with City Council candidates and to promote the upcoming Chico City Council Candidate Forum on September 5th. The Guide is being mailed to all Chamber members and will be distributed at the Forum. The public is encouraged to download...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 2018 City Council Candidate Forum on Sept 5th

June 29, 2018   CHICO, CA The Chico Chamber of Commerce will host a 2018 Chico City Council Candidate Forum.  This event is free and open to the public and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) Community Center located at 545 Vallombrosa Avenue in Chico. RSVPs are required as seating is limited. The Candidate Forum provides ...

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Chico Chamber YPO Launches Young Professionals Survey

June 18, 2018   CHICO, CA:  The Chico Chamber's Young Professionals Organization (YPO) was formed in 2010 to bring together the region's young business people for mentorship, leadership, education and networking. In 2015, the YPO circulated a survey to gain a better understanding what was driving change in the business world, the workplace, and the local community. Results of that survey ... 

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Retail Watch Focuses on Shopping Cart Ordinance at June 18th Meeting

June 11, 2018   CHICO, CA   At the June 5th Chico City Council meeting, Police Chief Michael O’Brien was asked to bring the proposed Shopping Cart Ordinance to the Retail Watch group for discussion, prior to any Council action. The item will be on the Retail Watch meeting agenda on Monday, June 18th, from 10am – 11am at Oxford Suites in Chico. Attendees must be affiliated with a retail business... 

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Businesses Invited to Cannabis Panel Q&A on August 22nd

June 7, 2018   CHICO, CA: Wednesday, August 22nd, the Chico Chamber of Commerce will host an Expert Panel Q&A for employers on cannabis, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., in the CARD Community Center located at 545 Vallombrosa Avenue in Chico. This event is free and open to all businesses, but RSVPs are required for entry. To reserve your seat please visit ...

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Chico PD and Retail Watch Meet Again May 21, 2018

May 14, 2018   CHICO, CA   In February, a Retail Watch initiative was launched by the Chico Police Department, Chico Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Chico Business Association, for retail businesses in the Chico area. The initiative partners law enforcement with retail representatives in monthly meetings to discuss theft prevention, reporting and prosecution, state and local regulations, and best practices...

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Public Invited to Community Development Update on May 17

May 7, 2018   CHICO, CA: Thursday, May 17th, the City of Chico, Chico Chamber of Commerce and Valley Contractors Exchange will host a Community Development Update from 12-1p.m. in the Old Municipal Building Conference Room, 441 Main Street Chico. This free event occurs quarterly and is open to the public.  With limited seating, RSVPs are requested. To reserve your seat please visit www.chicochamber.com ...

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Retail Watch Focuses on Crime Reporting Process at April 30th Meeting

April 23, 2018   CHICO, CA   In February, a Retail Watch initiative was launched by the Chico Police Department, Chico Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Chico Business Association, for retail businesses in the Chico area. The initiative partners law enforcement with retail representatives in monthly meetings to discuss theft prevention, reporting and prosecution, state and local regulations, and best practices for ... 

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Chico Chamber Supports Efforts to Put ‘Keeping CA Safe Act of 2018’ on Ballot

APRIL 10, 2018   CHICO, CA   The deleterious effects of Proposition 47 and 57, and AB 109, on communities and businesses in the state of California are evident and incalculable. The “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018” aims to reverse some of the most catastrophic changes in the law. At their March meeting, The Chico Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously ... 

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Tickets On Sale Now for the 2018 Summer Bash

April 3, 2018   (CHICO, CA) Tickets are now on sale for the Chico Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Bash celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy Thursday, May 31, 2018.  This event will be held at Patrick Ranch on the Midway in Durham from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with attendance expected to reach 600+. Ticket pricing is $35 for general admission with ... 

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Chico Chamber CEO to Chair National Task Force

March 15, 2018   CHICO, CA   Chico Chamber President & CEO, Katie Simmons, has been named Chair of the Urgent Response Task Force by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, an industry association headquartered in Alexandria, VA, serving executives in the US and Canada. The Urgent Response Task Force was created by the ACCE in ...

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Retail Watch Focuses on Trespassing at March 26th Meeting

March 15, 2018   CHICO, CA   Last month, a Retail Watch initiative was launched by the Chico Police Department, Chico Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Chico Business Association, for retail businesses in the Chico area. The initiative partners law enforcement with retail representatives in ...

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Chico PD & Retailers Take A Stand Against Shoplifting

February 20, 2018   CHICO, CA   The Chico Police Department, Chico Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Chico Business Association announced today that a “Retail Watch” program has formed to convene retailers and the Chico Police Department to combat shoplifting in Chico. The Retail Watch program will begin with monthly meetings between retailers and the Chico Police Department and will expand to include information sharing, arrest data ...

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