Chamber Members Take Leading Role in Advising Measure Z SpendingThe Budget Engagement Commission will work to build reserves and fund programs
The Riverside City Council recently announced the members of the Budget Engagement Commission, which will advise the City Council on how the City’s sales tax revenue should be spent. The Chamber was a strong advocate for the Commission and ensured that local businesses were well-represented in its make-up. Furthermore, the establishment of the Commission is a crucial step in the City’s efforts to promote transparency and provide funding for City projects.
Chamber members Robert Mendez, of RLM Wealth Group, and Collette Lee, of Windermere Tower Properties, were selected as the Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission, respectively.
Over recent months, the Chamber has taken an active role in encouraging members to apply to the Commission to ensure that the voices of the business community are heard. By selecting members who represent a broad spectrum of interests, the Commission will be well-suited to make budgetary recommendations to the City Council that benefit the community and local businesses.
During the November 2016 General Election, the Chamber advocated strongly for the passage of Measure Z, which could potentially be used to pay down debts, build up reserves, and fund projects such as the Main Library, police and fire services, road repair, beautification, and technological upgrades. The establishment of a Chamber-supported Budget Engagement Commission will help determine how the estimated $48 million in additional annual revenue from Measure Z will be spent.
The Chamber has been a strong proponent in the establishment of the Commission and looks forward to its success in supporting the community and building a stronger local economy. The Budget Engagement Commission will meet on a quarterly basis, and will hold additional special and joint meetings with the City Council. To view the meeting calendar and agendas, please visit riversideca.legistar.com. For more information, contact Andrew Sall at 951-683-7100 Ext. 220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Industry Leaders Recognize Chamber for Outstanding Business CommunicationsChamber communicates value to members
The Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) awarded the Chamber in a few categories for being an industry leader in communicating value and news to members. The Chamber won first place for the e-newsletter Chamber Communicator, the newspaper Greater Riverside Business, and for Overall Communications at the W.A.C.E. Annual Conference. The Chamber thanks members who gave their input to help redesign the Communicator. These media channels reach members in order to effectively communicate how the Chamber is working on behalf of members to make a difference in Sacramento and Washington D.C., impact the community and business climate of Riverside, and provide opportunities for business growth and making connections.
W.A.C.E. is the premier organization for education and professional development for chamber executives and staff and represents over 825 chambers in 17 western states and Canada. W.A.C.E. selects different judges for each category. Each submission for the e-newsletter is judged based on professional look, relevant content, good headlines, length, and more. Criteria for the newspaper or newsletter entries are judged by content, membership alerts, headlines, photos, editorial style, and more. The Overall Communications Award encompasses many items and the entire communications program is judged. The membership or sales packet, e-newsletter, print newsletter, and two essays on how the Chamber is incorporating social media and chamber value were submitted.
With each submission, the specific judge gives feedback and comments on their scoring. This enables the Chamber to make improvements to ensure all communications to members can be as value-driven as possible in order to tell the Chamber story. Communicating the Chamber’s individual core values of building a stronger local economy, promoting the community, taking political action, representing the interests of business with government, and providing networking opportunities is a great way to reach all members and what they value most about belonging to the Chamber. The Chamber has Facebook and Twitter pages committed to updating members on news alerts and upcoming events. For more information, contact Bethany Wiekamp at 951-683-7100 Ext. 227 or email@example.com.
Chamber Celebrates Business Leaders at Inaugural CelebrationThe Chamber is proud to recognize 2016 Citizen of the Year Stan Morrison of Pacific Premier Bank and 2016 Business of the Year Gresham Savage....
The Chamber is proud to recognize 2016 Citizen of the Year Stan Morrison of Pacific Premier Bank and 2016 Business of the Year Gresham Savage. The evening will also honor 2016 Chair of the Board Howard Saner, CEO of Riverside Physician Network, for his past year of leadership and welcome 2017 Chair of the Board Andrew Walcker, Vice President of PSOMAS. Other awards will include the Small Business Eagle Award, Business Council of the Year, Chairman’s Award, President’s Award, Ambassador of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.
Invitations for the Chamber’s Inaugural Celebration have hit mailboxes around the Riverside region inviting the business community to commemorate 117 years of building a stronger local economy. This year’s guests will experience “Business Works 8 Days A Week”, with decor inspired by the 60’s “Beatlemania”. The black-tie event will be held on March 23 at the Riverside Convention Center. Attendees are encouraged to be creative with their attire to match the theme.
More than 700 business and community leaders are expected to attend the event which begins at 6:00 PM with a silent auction and cocktail hour. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM as guests enjoy a gourmet meal, award presentations, and the installation of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.
Online registration to attend is now open. Tickets to the 117th Inaugural Celebration are $110 per person. For sponsorship or event information, contact Paige Hawkins at 951-683-7100 Ext. 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors:
Can’t Buy Me Love Sponsor
- Pacific Premier Bank
Abbey Road Sponsors
- Altura Credit Union
- American Medical Response
- Chase Bank
- Gresham Savage
- Johnson Machinery
- Luminex Software, Inc. – Brian and Vickie Hawley
- Milestone Media
- Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center
- Riverside Community Hospital
- Riverside Public Utilities
- Riverside University Health System
- UTC Aerospace Systems
- University of California, Riverside
A Hard Day’s Night Sponsors
- Bank of America
- Best Best & Krieger
- Bourns, Inc.
- Canyon Springs – TDA Investments
- County of Riverside Economic Development Agency
- Gless Ranch
- HUB Int’l Insurance Services
- Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Riverside
- La Sierra University
- Mission Grove Shopping Center – Regional Properties
- The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
- Pepsi Beverages Co.
- Ratkovich Properties
- Rick Engineering Co.
- Riverside Community College District
- Riverside Medical Clinic
- Riverside Physician Network
- Riverside Unified School District
- SolarMax Renewable Energy Provider, Inc.
- Southern California Gas Co.
- Tavaglione Construction and Development, Inc.
- Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc.
- Wells Fargo Bank Regional Commercial Banking Office
- Western Municipal Water District