The September 14 Knowledge & Networking lunch will feature the State of the Port report. The Port is one of the biggest economic engines in Ventura County. It is owned and operated by The Oxnard Harbor District, created in 1937, as an independent special district (business enterprise) and political subdivision of the State of California. Its mission is to operate as a self-supporting Port that enforces the principles of sound public stewardship maximizing the potential of maritime-related commerce and regional economic benefit.
The Oxnard Harbor District’s policies are set by a five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners elected at large from the District. Day-to-day business operations of the Harbor District are administered by the CEO & Port Director and professional staff. The Harbor District, by its charter, can acquire, construct, own, operate, control or develop any and all harbor works or facilities necessary to efficiently accomplish its mission. It prepares and controls its own budget, as well as fiscal activities. It is responsible for all Port construction and operations.
Port of Hueneme Harbor Commissioner and President Jason Hodge will be the keynote speaker. A second generation Oxnard native, Jason Hodge is a local firefighter. He firmly sees the Port of Hueneme as a vital but often underutilized asset of our local economy. With a focus on the Port’s developmental role in our regional economy, Commissioner Hodge is committed to pursuing creative, proactive, results oriented policies to ensure that the Port’s full potential is realized. He remains committed to expanding job opportunities through positive business development that benefits our local residents.
The Knowledge & Networking Lunch will be Thursday, September 14 from noon to 1:30 at the Residence Inn at River Ridge. The registration is discounted for Chamber members who sign up by September 11. Click here to go to the online registration or call the Chamber office at 805-983-6118.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce strongly supports California WaterFix to protect the reliability of our state and local water supplies. In our role as a champion for a stronger community, we know how critical it is to have a reliable source of water to serve our businesses and residents alike.
One-third of Southern California's water supply comes from Northern California. Our long-term water supply depends on modernizing the state's water delivery system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
After 10 years of research and environmental review, state and federal agencies have proposed California WaterFix as the solution. This modernized system would have two locations to divert water – one in the north Delta and one in the south Delta. This will provide more flexibility and reduce conflicts with fish species like salmon and smelt.
The new tunnel pipelines will safely transport supplies to the 25 million people, farms and businesses that depend on this water in the event of an earthquake or other disaster that collapses Delta levees and disrupts the water we get from the current decades-old system.
There are many regional benefits to having a reliable State Water Project. Water from Northern California helps to prepare the Southland for future droughts and emergencies. Imported supplies from Northern California help replenish our ground water basins. Sierra snowmelt is pure enough to recycle again and again, promoting more water recycling projects.
The cost for California WaterFix is roughly half the cost of other large-scale local water supply projects. This investment, spread over the expected supply, breaks down to less than a tenth of a penny per gallon and will protect the supply for decades.
In addition, California WaterFix will create about 100,000 jobs, and it supports Southern California's trillion dollar economy and hundreds of thousands of existing jobs.
“20th Year Supporting Our Military Heroes and Families”
The 20th annual Military Appreciation Dinner will be held on September 29. The Chamber’s Military Committee is busy working with all branches of the service to gather awardees’ names and biographies.
The honorees are selected by their commanding officers not only for their military service, but also for their service in the local community. "There are some very impressive awardees," said Sharen Strong, Chamber staff liaison for the event. "These are not only our country's heroes, but they are community heroes and volunteers as well."
This year, the event will feature keynote speaker CAPT Chris Janke, who assumed his duty as commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County in March of 2015.
Prior to arriving at Naval Base Ventura County Janke completed deployments to Iceland, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Italy and participated in Operation Sharp Guard. He was then selected for duty as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean/Task Force 67 in Naples, Italy, responsible for all installations and maritime patrol forces in the U.S. 6th Fleet. In June 1998 he continued his duties in Annapolis, MD upon the Admiral’s reassignment as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.
Janke returned to sea duty aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and was deployed to the Arabian Gulf supporting Operation Southern Watch in which he led the ship’s largest division (V-2) in the Air Department.
Upon completion of his Department Head tour, he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Operations Directorate (J-3). Serving in the J-39 Reconnaissance Operations Division, he was responsible for the coordination of SecDef approval for deployment orders for DoD reconnaissance assets and charged with preparation of Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations mission packages for Presidential approval.
In July 2008, Janke was selected for command of Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1 onboard NAS Patuxent River, MD. Most notably VXS-1 conducted Colombia survey operations, POW/MIA recovery operations in Iraq and Counter-IED technology development in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.
In May of 2012, Janke assumed duties as Chief Staff Officer for Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 in Jacksonville, FL, where he directed a staff of 350 personnel conducting Man, Train and Equip tasks for eight P-3, P-8 and MQ-4C squadrons encompassing 2,700 personnel. His efforts were instrumental to the successful transition to the P-8A Poseidon and introduction of the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal and various operational awards.
The Military Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard on Friday evening, September 29. Advance registrations are required and can be made via the Chamber's website or by calling the office at 805-983-6118. Sponsorships are also available.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce values its relationship with our local military installations. "We sincerely appreciate the military's defense of our free enterprise system and recognize the positive impact the local installations have on our economy," added Chamber CEO Nancy Lindholm.
Learn how to get the most out of your listing on our website. See what complimentary promotional opportunities are available to both new and veteran members. Can participation on a Chamber committee help your business?
It's all available at the August 8 New Member Mingle. "Seasoned" members are also welcome.
The Chamber's Director of Communications, Janet Pozos, will be on hand to demonstrate how easy it is to link your social media accounts to your Chamber web listing. Members can also offer discounts or coupons to fellow Chamber members or the general public.
Meet some Chamber Board members, the Chamber staff, and your fellow newbies!
The New Member Mingle is free to attend. It will be in the Chamber office (400 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 302) on August 8 from 4:30 to 6 PM. Refreshments, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
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2018 Leadership opens registration
Oxnard Leadership's 2018 program is accepting applications from those who desire to enhance their leadership potential, increase their knowledge of the community and are willing to commit their individual talents for future years toward the betterment of the community of Oxnard. A successful candidate should possess a passion for self-improvement with the goal of assisting others.
This interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life while developing and refining individual skills to better serve in leadership roles within their organization or in our community.
Participants receive a comprehensive overview of the Oxnard area – its realities, opportunities and challenges. Sessions move to various locations throughout the Oxnard area and provide students with a unique opportunity to meet key business and government leaders who play integral roles in the region by way of tours, panels, and speakers. Class speakers address not only the facts, but also perspectives, challenges, and opportunities in highly interactive sessions. Oxnard Leadership extends an invitation to interested individuals who are committed to a better tomorrow and who are motivated to assume leadership roles in Oxnard today.
"I highly recommend anyone who lives and or works in our community to seriously consider going through this program. You will undoubtedly learn things about our community that you did not know before, and you will make new connections that otherwise would not have been possible."
Craig Classen, JaniTek Cleaning Solutions
2016 Oxnard Leadership Graduate
The benefits of Oxnard Leadership are multifaceted. Your participation in the program allows you, employers, and the community as a whole to reap rewards. Whether you are new to the area, or have lived here for years, this course can open new doors of opportunity. Benefits from the program include the following just to name a few:
"I highly recommend the Oxnard Leadership program, especially to younger professionals working and networking throughout Oxnard and Ventura County. Having the opportunity to sit down and speak with Representative Irwin, our Ventura County Supervisor, Ventura County CEO, Oxnard City Managers, Police & Fire Chiefs, and local business leaders was invaluable."
Thomas Buenger, Buenger Commercial Real Estate, Inc.
2016 Oxnard Leadership Graduate
Click here for more information and the application.