Message for our Chair, Stacy Miller
The year was 1908.
The Ford Motor Company produced the first “Model T” at its Detroit factory. The first Boy Scout handbook, “Scouting for Boys” was published. It was the first time a ball, signifying the new year, dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce was created--just five years after the City of Oxnard was incorporated by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
Celebrating our 110th anniversary this year, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has come a long way. The last century plus has seen many firsts for Oxnard, and the Chamber of Commerce has been here through it all.
In 1929, the Roosevelt Highway was built, connecting Oxnard with Los Angeles for the first time. In 1934, the Oxnard Airport opened. In 1938 the Oxnard Harbor District was formed and with it, a commercial and yacht harbor was built. In 1947, the first live missile, the Loon, was launched from our area and in 1952, the Oxnard Air Force Base was established.
The Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard was dedicated in 1965 and in 1969, Oxnard City Hall was constructed. Jumping forward to the new millennium, the Dallas Cowboys held their first training camp in Oxnard in 2001. With new residents came new opportunities for shopping, entertainment and dining with the opening of The Collection in 2012.
Today, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and its 500+ members remain dedicated to the principles upon which it was founded: Serving as the catalyst for business growth, the convener for leaders and influencers, and the champion for stronger communities.
Our goals continue to be to promote the business and economic well-being of our diverse community; to benefit enterprises, big and small, through advocacy, services and education, business exposure, and promotional opportunities. We value a high quality of life in our community and encourage economic vitality.
I want to personally thank each of you that choose to become a member of this thriving business organization; your continue support and participation in the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce will help Oxnard grow to be a stronger business community in the decades to come.
It will be interesting to see what the next millennium will bring for our community, but you can be sure if the Chamber is involved, it will be good for business!
Until next time…. Stacy