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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