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Now Available Chamber Special Report and Community Vision Commercial

NOW AVAILABLE the Special Report from the Task Force on City Revenues & Expenditures! This Special Report calls the City of Chico and our community to action around exploring a revenue measure to meet essential community needs like police staffing and roadway improvements. The Chamber has also launched the Community Vision video series touching on the five community priorities. Click HERE To View Our Community Vision Commercial.

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Businesses Prepare for Graduation Weekend

"Chico, Calif.--The Chico State graduation is just days away now and businesses are preparing for what's going to be a busy weekend as thousands make their way to Chico. Katie Simmons, president and CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, said that all 1,200 of the city's hotel rooms are booked. Families already have somewhere to stay, and now they'll need a way to get around, and that's where G-Ride ....

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Chico on the Verge? Part 2

"In the second segment of our special series, Chico on the Verge? we examine the challenges facing a growing community while operating within a limited budget. Chico, Calif. – For many of us, living within a budget can sometimes be a challenge and that is also true when the focus is on millions of dollars and the oversight it takes to run a city. The challenge then becomes how leaders make decisions when projected expenses outpace ...

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Advisory board discusses violent crimes, shoplifting and registering parties

"Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien told the Police Community Advisory Board Monday that he’s working on a party-registration ordinance. The most unexpected news to come out of the Police Community Advisory Board meeting on Monday (May 7) came after the regular agenda had concluded and Mike Campos, owner of Campos Properties, approached the lectern to address the panel. His concern was with crime in the south ...

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Chico On The Verge? Part 1

"There is an evolution taking place in Chico, California, which involves the past, meeting the present and both moving into the future. Chico, Calif. – There is an evolution taking place in Chico, California, which involves the past, meeting the present and both moving into the future. As a growing community, the realities of that transformation could dictate success or failure for residents as well as the business community ...

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May 2018 News From The Chamber

"If there are 5 steps between us, I am willing to walk 3." This was the resounding philosophy behind the work of Deborah Elam when she served as Chief Diversity Officer for General Electric. She didn't coin the phrase, but she now shares it when teaching executives how to bridge divides, whether they are diversity related or political in nature. Be the one ...

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April 2018 News From The Chamber

On one hand, District Attorney Mike Ramsey says, "Chico doesn't have a shoplifting problem." On the other hand, a long-time Chico retailer says, "we're going to be in a war forever." Who is correct? Well, if you look at the number of local shoplifting prosecutions in 2017, the DA is clearly right. But, talk to any retailer and you hear story after story of increasingly flagrant theft. Mr. Ramsey was being facetious ...

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2018 Business Summit and State of the City Address Podcast Now Available

January 26th the Chico Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the official 2018 Business Summit & State of the City Address with the City of Chico. The Business Summit included the an annual State of the City address by the Mayor of the City of Chico, Sean Morgan. Other presentations include: a Business Climate Report from Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors...

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Retail Watch Program Works To Reduce Shoplifting In Chico

"Retailer watch group forms community partnership with law enforcement to stop shoplifting. Shoplifting is a growing problem Chico, and community leaders say they've had enough. Matt Smith, owner of Sports LTD - has been in the retail business since 1985. One ongoing economic challenge he says he continually faces …shoplifting. "We're seeing...

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Chico Chamber Builds Cannabis Group To Help Employers

"Chico >> While California’s new cannabis regulations have some residents ectatic, they open the door for a lot of questions in the business community. That’s why the Chico Chamber of Commerce has established a subcommittee dedicated to exploring cannabis regulations as they apply to the workplace...

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Local shops on theft alert

"A few years ago, as several CN&R staffers and I made the car ride back from an all-day retreat at our HQ in Sacramento, we were positively radiating with ideas. As we shared what we’d discussed in our respective breakout sessions that day, we began to brainstorm fun ways to build on our brand. We’d been successful with the Weird Chico issue. What if we built on that ...

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March 2018 News From The Chamber

The Chico Retail Watch program hosted by the Chamber, DCBA, and Chico Police Department kicked off on Monday, February 26th, with a meeting between Police Chief Michael O'Brien, Commander Billy Aldridge, retailers, and loss prevention personnel. Businesses of all sizes and locations are in search of tools to better cope with the rash of shoplifting happening in Chico right now. No matter where you point to explain the sharp increase in property theft, like Props 47 and 57 ...

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Chamber: Chico retailers feel vulnerable to shoplifters

"Chico >> Local businesses have felt vulnerable to shoplifting for a variety of reasons, according to Katie Simmons, CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce. The chamber along with the Downtown Chico Business Association and Chico Police Department are behind the new Retail Watch program to curb shoplifting after hearing about ...

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Rocky Roads: Streets will take years, millions to rebuild

"Chico >> Chicoans want to see a lot of roads repaired throughout the city, but they’re not likely to anytime soon. The initial costs for the reconstruction of just one stretch of a roadway is often beyond an entire year’s budget for road projects or maintenance. The city has 294 miles of roadway...

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Press Releases

Chico PD and Retail Watch Meet Again May 21, 2018

May 14, 2018   CHICO, CA   In February, a Retail Watch initiative was launched by the Chico Police Department, Chico Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Chico Business Association, for retail businesses in the Chico area. The initiative partners law enforcement with retail representatives in monthly meetings to discuss theft prevention, reporting and prosecution, state and local regulations, and best practices...

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Public Invited to Community Development Update on May 17

May 7, 2018   CHICO, CA: Thursday, May 17th, the City of Chico, Chico Chamber of Commerce and Valley Contractors Exchange will host a Community Development Update from 12-1p.m. in the Old Municipal Building Conference Room, 441 Main Street Chico. This free event occurs quarterly and is open to the public.  With limited seating, RSVPs are requested. To reserve your seat please visit www.chicochamber.com ...

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Retail Watch Focuses on Crime Reporting Process at April 30th Meeting

April 23, 2018   CHICO, CA   In February, a Retail Watch initiative was launched by the Chico Police Department, Chico Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Chico Business Association, for retail businesses in the Chico area. The initiative partners law enforcement with retail representatives in monthly meetings to discuss theft prevention, reporting and prosecution, state and local regulations, and best practices for ... 

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Chico Chamber Supports Efforts to Put ‘Keeping CA Safe Act of 2018’ on Ballot

APRIL 10, 2018   CHICO, CA   The deleterious effects of Proposition 47 and 57, and AB 109, on communities and businesses in the state of California are evident and incalculable. The “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2018” aims to reverse some of the most catastrophic changes in the law. At their March meeting, The Chico Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously ... 

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Tickets On Sale Now for the 2018 Summer Bash

April 3, 2018   (CHICO, CA) Tickets are now on sale for the Chico Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Bash celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy Thursday, May 31, 2018.  This event will be held at Patrick Ranch on the Midway in Durham from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with attendance expected to reach 600+. Ticket pricing is $35 for general admission with ... 

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Chico Chamber CEO to Chair National Task Force

March 15, 2018   CHICO, CA   Chico Chamber President & CEO, Katie Simmons, has been named Chair of the Urgent Response Task Force by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, an industry association headquartered in Alexandria, VA, serving executives in the US and Canada. The Urgent Response Task Force was created by the ACCE in ...

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Retail Watch Focuses on Trespassing at March 26th Meeting

March 15, 2018   CHICO, CA   Last month, a Retail Watch initiative was launched by the Chico Police Department, Chico Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Chico Business Association, for retail businesses in the Chico area. The initiative partners law enforcement with retail representatives in ...

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Chico PD & Retailers Take A Stand Against Shoplifting

February 20, 2018   CHICO, CA   The Chico Police Department, Chico Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Chico Business Association announced today that a “Retail Watch” program has formed to convene retailers and the Chico Police Department to combat shoplifting in Chico. The Retail Watch program will begin with monthly meetings between retailers and the Chico Police Department and will expand to include information sharing, arrest data ...

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Chico Chamber of Commerce Launches Special Report & Community Vision Video

January 26, 2018   CHICO, CA: This afternoon at the sold-out 2018 Business Summit & State of the City Address, the Chico Chamber of Commerce will release the Special Report from the Task Force on City Revenues & Expenditures, calling the City of Chico and community to action around exploring a revenue measure to meet essential community needs like police staffing and roadway improvements. The Chamber’s goal is to make Chico the safest, most premier, vibrant city in the North State.

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2018 Business Summit & State of the City Address

December 19, 2017   CHICO, CA The Chico Chamber of Commerce will co-host the official 2018 Business Summit & State of the City Address with the City of Chico on Friday, January 26, 2018, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the CARD Community Center located at 545 Vallombrosa Avenue in Chico.  This annual event is free and open to the public BUT RSVPs are required as seating is limited. The event is expected to reach maximum capacity.

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Public Invited to Community Development Update on Nov 9

October 31, 2017   CHICO, CA:  On Thursday, November 9th, the City of Chico, Chico Chamber of Commerce and Valley Contractors Exchange will host a Community Development Update from 12-1p.m. in the Old Municipal Building Conference Room, 441 Main Street Chico. This free event occurs quarterly and is open to the public.

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Chamber Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

October 18, 2017 (CHICO, CA)    The Chico Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for our annual educational scholarship, the Business & Professional Advancement Scholarship, spearheaded by the Chico Young Professionals Organization (YPO).

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