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Happy Valentine’s Day—February is already here. With a great start to 2017, one thing the Chamber is happy about is the city of Modesto holding its rst meeting of the 2017 Comprehensive Fees Task Force. e purpose is to review and align all development-related fees with the goals and policies of the City’s General and Strategic Plans. is Task Force will have a wide range of participants that will have the opportunity to review and understand the regional development- related range fee picture in Modesto, compare the fees in context with

At our 103rd Annual Gala & Members Choice Awards we had the pleasure of honoring Bob Piccinini and e Save Mart Companies for their dedicated service with our Robert Cardoza J. Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award. We also honored Craig Lewis (BerkshireHathaway),PaulVanKonynenburg(BrittonKonynenburg Partners), and Vito Chiesa (local farmer and Stanislaus County Board Supervisor) with our Distinguish Service Award for their tireless work on the passage of our transportation Measure L Better Roads Safer Streets. We again thank these individuals and their companies for their unsel sh support of our community.

e Modesto Chamber will host a State of the Region event on Apr. 19 at e Gallo Center for the Arts. Our speaker will be Congressman Je Denham. It will be a congressional update on subjects that a ect our region. We are pleased that Congressman Denham was re-elected for his fourth term. He has served our district well and, with his experience, he should continue to serve us with distinction.

We will continue to partner with Modesto Irrigation District, Turlock Irrigation District, the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, and others to ght for water. is battle with the State Water Resource Board is one of the most important issues that faces our region. e negative economic impact with the proposed increase in water ows would be devastating to our region. Visit worthyour ght.org for more ways to help. Please continue to write letters in opposition to this water grab.

Please save the date and purchase your tickets for our 22nd Annual Ag Aware Luncheon. is event continues to raise funds for our Modesto areaFFAstudents. eeventisApr.7andlocatedattheMJCACEAg Pavilion, on the west campus. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Contact Cheryl Foote at 209.577.5757 or cfoote@modchamber.org for more information. P

the marketplace, and create a framework to evaluate new fee rate in a coordinated fashion. e Modesto Chamber will have a seat at the table of this task force. omas Reeves of Paci c Gas & Electric, Chamber Board of Directors, and our Chairman of Government Relations will represent us. Stephen Madison of STANCO, who is our Chairman of External Relations, will also serve on this new task force. e outcome from this task force should be more business- friendly processes at city hall, which will help establish e ective and e cient procedures to encourage economic growth.

Modesto is making some progress as it pursues new Modesto to Los Angeles ight service. e city has been engaged with Great Lakes Airlines to start passenger ight service to Los Angeles. Opportunity Stanislaus has been working to attain pilots that will reside in our city to serve Great Lakes Airline. We have been supportive of the e ort for the past couple of years and will continue to support this endeavor. ey have made progress and will continue to recruit until there are su cientpilotstosustainpro tableoperations.Webelievethat ights to and from Los Angles will bring huge dividends to Modesto.

Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, a 30 year plus member of the Chamber, held a celebration in January. It was an open house event to meet the people behind the numbers. It was a celebration that featured food from over ten restaurants in Modesto. Thank you to Grimbleby Coleman for what you do for our community!

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