Tri-County Chamber Alliance Press Release

February 3, 2021

Kristen Miller, President/CEO
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500       Ext. 108


Tri-County Chamber Alliance

The Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties recently voted to create a new Tri-County Chamber Alliance. The newly formed Alliance will initially include thirteen Chambers of Commerce throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties.   Glenn Morris, current Alliance Chair and President/CEO of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber said, “We’re thrilled to expand the Alliance to include the three Central Coast counties.   We share markets, labor sheds, and culture, so it was a natural extension to share advocacy efforts as well.”

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Meet Supervisor Bob Nelson

Raised in Orcutt and a graduate of Righetti High School, Supervisor Bob Nelson and his wife, Jamie, continue to live in the community with their three children. After leaving the Central Coast for a short period of time to earn his degree in Business Administration, Nelson returned as a teacher and water polo coach— earning recognition as Teacher of the Year by the Santa Maria Sun in 2003.

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Chamber Unveils Roadmap to Recovery

Last Thursday at our Annual Membership Meeting the Chamber unveiled our Roadmap to Recovery. This roadmap reflects the Chamber’s plan, metrics, and milestones our community can work together towards.

As we highlighted in last week’s newsletter, the Chamber firmly believes that businesses operating with the COVID Safety 5-Step Plan should be allowed to operate. We are glad to see outdoor dining and personal services be allowed to reopen this week, but firmly believe the current tiers as outlined by the state still create confusion and contradictory guidelines and businesses should be able to operate following standard safety protocols.

Another request of our Executive Summary of the Roadmap to Recovery is that all available science and data be used to make policy decisions, including economic, unemployment, homelessness, and food insecurity.

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Meet Senator Monique Limón, SD 19

Born and raised in the 19th Senate District, I am honored to represent Santa Barbara County and over half of Ventura County. Prior to serving as a California State Senator, I served as the Assemblymember for the 37th Assembly District, school board trustee for the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and a Commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women.

My family and friends include small business owners and educators in the area. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Californians in many different ways, and I would like to reassure you that I am committed to providing the assistance I can as your state representative.

My office continues to serve as a resource for all constituents. We can serve as a voice and liaison as appropriate when working with any state agency. We can also provide information about COVID-19 state emergency grants, small business resources and connect you with community leaders to answer your questions. To request assistance, please reach out to my district office at (805) 965-0862.

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2021 Annual Membership Meeting Recap

The Chamber kicked off the new year with our 2021 Annual Membership Meeting last Thursday.
Nearly 100 chamber members gathered via a Zoom webcast for the organization’s meeting highlighting the board members who have helped lead the chamber through the months-long pandemic, while also celebrating the future.
We welcomed 2021 chair, Kirsten McLaughlin and gave a presentation on the Chamber’s Roadmap to Recovery.
Click here for the Noozhawk article.

Leaders of Local Chambers Come Together

Chambers in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties believe businesses can still operate safely despite a recent rise in COVID-19 numbers in the region. Chamber members have voiced support for safety measures such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing.  Chamber leaders organized a petition to urge Gov. Newsom to place them in their own tri-county subregion. The petition garnered more than 5,400 signatures from residents and local business owners. Click here to read more in the Santa Barbara News-Press article.

Roadmap to Recovery COVID Safety 5-Step Method

The Chamber believes that businesses can operate safely with what we are calling the COVID Safety 5-Step Method

After months of operating through the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have learned a lot about successfully dealing with the virus and how businesses can operate safely and keep their employees and customers safe.

Chamber Endorsed Proposal Passes

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce issued support for the proposal for the Goleta Complete Streets project to reduce Hollister Avenue from four lanes to two, providing safe access to bicyclist and pedestrians to and from Old Town Goleta, which creates more room for outdoor space and dining more accessible to the community.
The Pilot Project was approved Tuesday night by the City Council. Click here to read more

Carpinteria Community Awards Update

The Chamber has postponed the 63rd Annual Community Awards Banquet Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Originally planned for January 23, 2021, the Chamber is hopeful to celebrate the honorees in October, either in person or virtually.

The Chamber will continue to honor the Carpinterian of The Year, Junior Carpinterian of the Year, two Junior Carpinterian Scholarship Finalists, two Teachers of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Merit Awards honoring volunteers from 20 local non-profit organizations.

Scholarship’s will be awarded in the Spring 2021, once again awarding three Scholarships to well-deserving graduating seniors. The Junior Carpinterian of the Year (Jr. COY) will receive a $4,000 Scholarship and two finalists will each receive a $1,500 Scholarship and are available to any graduating senior who is a resident of the Carpinteria Valley. Two Teachers of the Year will also be awarded Scholarship funds for supplies and to enhance their classrooms.

For more information or to contribute to the Junior Carpinterian Scholarship Fund, please contact or call 805.967.2500 Ext. 106.

Use of Natural Gas Debated

The Chamber’s Public Policy Committee addressed a proposal for the city of Santa Barbara to ban natural gas from new construction. Though the Chamber acknowledges the importance of addressing climate change, the Chamber also recognizes that the timing is off to make these modifications given the economic impacts businesses are facing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as the importance of diversifying the channels of energy consumption. Click here to read the letter sent to Santa Barbara Mayor Murillo and City Council on January 6th, 2021.