Chairman’s Corner: Focused on Improving Local Economy
As we enter the holiday season we want to remind our members to shop local. Not only are you helping local retailers, you are helping your community. When you shop local, revenues stay here. That means more money circulates in our local economy and more revenues for police, fire and our local infrastructure. Show you care for your community! Shop local!
Your Chamber has been hard at work preparing for the New Year. Our focus continues to be on improving the local economy through job creation. We are working closely with the Alliance on assisting our existing businesses to expand and in creating a positive place for business in Modesto.
We are actively involved in the Downtown Partnership whose goal is to make Modesto’s Downtown be a showcase for our community. We want to ensure that our downtown is a place we can be proud of and which reflects the positive qualities of our community.
We will also be working hard to make Stanislaus County a self help county. Improving our roads and our transportation infrastructure is essential to attracting new business and jobs to our community. The self help tax is essential if the ACE train is to be extended to our area. Imagine being able to get to San Jose in half the time it takes by vehicle – and on a much more reliable basis. The ACE train will provide that ability with a comfortable, practical and more affordable way to reach the Bay Area. The self help tax is also essential for the completion of an essential link to Highway 5, for the completion of the North County Corridor and for the proper maintenance of our roads. We support these projects as a good infrastructure is essential to a good economy and an improved quality of life for everyone.
We have added a new subcommittee which focuses on the water issues our community faces. As I write this I am returning from a trip to the Yucatan having learned that the Mayan civilization collapse was primarily due to four extended droughts. We can learn from the lessons of the Mayans .