Message from the CEO – July
On the front cover of this month ‘s Progress is a photo of the new Beckwith Veterinary Hospital . The Modesto Chamber had the pleasure of participating in the Grand Opening of this amazing new facility. It is absolutely state-of-the-art design for any environmentally responsible business in our region. Dr. O’Brien has constructed a truly fantastic home for the expansion of his business. He has a great story to tell about his vision and his venture . There are even some elements of the decor that reveal the family side of the O’Brien family: from the break room picnic table that was used as the family dining table when the O’Briens’ were growing up to photos that depict scenes from their youth. We are very fortunate to have a business with the vision and commitment to its craft that Dr. O’Brien has invested in our community.
Dr. O’Brien’s environmental efforts are the perfect capstone for this , our ” Green” issue . Some local businesses , like Beckwith Veterinary Hospital, are already reaping the benefits of increased efficiency and lower operating costs that “going green” can provide. Other businesses will have environmental regulations imposed upon them by recent legislation . Either way, the Chamber wants to be a resource in green efficiency, and this was the goal in developing the Chamber’s Stanislaus Green Team. You’ll read more about the Green Team throughout this issue.
We continue with our meetings on land use and transportation in pursuit of our goal to help create a vision for a ” Pathway to Job Growth and Prosperity.” Meetings have been held with various trade union groups, the Modesto City Council, The Alliance, Young Modestoans for Jobs, Latino Community Roundtable, the NAACP, The Modesto Bee Editorial Board, the Mayor/City Manager of Turlock, the Mayor of Oakdale and the City (of Modesto)/County Liaison Group. Most recently, a discussion with the Ceres, Oakdale, Turlock and Hughson Chambers and Mayors group and the Central Valley Professional Exchange were held, with many more scheduled. The primary mission of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce is to develop and promote initiatives that will help unleash the economic potential of the Greater Modesto Area for the benefit of all of our citizens . The benefits will come from a vibrant, growing economy in the form of more and better paying jobs, a stronger sense ofcommunity and a continuously improving quality of life. Our region has the components to be an economic engine, but we need to position our area to connect potential new businesses with a positive business environment, infrastructure and a ready work force.
We strongly believe that the Greater Modesto Area must become its own growth generator by offering conditions that make our home a magnet for expansion and new business growth. Well thought out plans to create job centers and new functional traffic corridors in the Greater Modesto Area are critical building blocks in this process. The outcome will be job growth, which will generate the tax revenue necessary to fund initiatives like putting more police officers and firemen on our streets and other quality of life issues . The ideas included in the Chamber ‘s plan can serve as a foundation for t h e City of Modesto General Plan , and these initial recommendations can serve to redefine Modesto’s vision for the future – a future that includes more jobs and a greater quality of life .
In closing, we enjoyed a great kick off to Graffiti Summer that included famous hometown personality George Lucas as the Grand Marshal of t h e Kiwanis Annual Cruise Parade . There were a record number of vintage cars in the parade and a record number of spectators. We all owe our gratitude to the dedication and hard work of John Sanders and the North Modesto Kiwanis for the huge effort they put into enable us to celebrate our Graffiti heritage . THANK YOU !