The Oxnard Chamber established a Business Visits program in 2015 when Greg Nyhoff was Oxnard's city manager. The monthly visits were designed for the city manager to connect with the businesses that generate revenue the city operates with. The visits and tours provide an opportunity for government to understand the challenges of private industry.
The business visits program went on hiatus when Nyhoff resigned in the beginning of 2018. When Alex Nguyen took over as the city manager in July of 2018, we gave him a few months to get settled in before we re-launched the program. Late last year we were able to tour the BMW vehicle processing facility in South Oxnard (photo, right). We finished off the year at Haas Automation – a truly amazing facility (photo, left). This week we are visiting KeVita, Inc. - PepsiCo Organization.
The purpose of the program is for local government to connect with the business community. The city manager's office is always open to feedback on how interaction with the city is and what they can do to help businesses.
Some of the places we visited in years past were Diversified Minerals, Scosche Industries, Agromin, Gills Onions, Boskovich Farms, Pinnpack Packaging, Zev Technologies, Wiggins Lift, Aspen Helicopters (which included an aerial tour!), Spatz Laboratories (ColourPop), Gibbs Truck, and SunOpta. The list certainly shows the diversity of industries we have in Oxnard!