California Big City Chambers Coalition Convenes to Address Common Challenges and Foster Economic Growth

August 10, 2023

Bakersfield, Calif. (Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023) –  On Friday, Aug. 4, the California Chamber of Commerce convened the California Big City Chambers Coalition, a dynamic assembly of top local chamber executives from the 13 most prominent chambers of commerce across the state. It includes leaders from Anaheim, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Stockton.

“As leaders in California, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber is committed to harnessing the power of collaboration and unified action in the face of shared challenges,” said Hillary Haenes, Interim President and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. “Collaborating with other Chambers across California, we hope to champion innovative solutions to the urgent issues resonating throughout our state – from the soaring cost of living to the homelessness crisis.” 

Our cities share a collective pursuit of stability and prosperity. By fostering meaningful dialogues, cultivating inventive approaches and engaging policymakers across every stratum of governance, the Big City Chambers Coalition is resolute in its mission to bolster the economic vitality of our regions, thus propelling the entire state toward a triumphant future. 

“The critical issues facing cities across the state are not unique to one community,” said Jennifer Barrera, President and CEO of CalChamber. “Large cities are experiencing a commonality of crises — homelessness and high cost of living among them. Collaboration among these chamber leaders about ways to approach California’s many challenges will be key to engaging policy makers at all levels of government. The goal of the Big City Chambers Coalition is to provide thought leadership to safeguard the economic vitality of regions so the state as a whole can succeed.”

For more information on the meeting, please read the full CalChamber press release on their website


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About the Greater Bakersfield Chamber
The Greater Bakersfield Chamber is the region’s leading business membership, networking and advocacy organization, representing the interests of more than 1,100 members and more than 70,000 local jobs. Focused on creating a thriving local economy and improving the quality of life for every resident of Greater Bakersfield; the organization promotes economic vitality, facilitates networking and business development opportunities, and advocates for public policies that support quality jobs and inclusive growth. The Chamber guides Bakersfield toward a better and brighter future. Founded in 1920, the Chamber is driven by the belief that our community thrives when business succeeds.


About the CalChamber
The California Chamber of Commerce is the largest, broad-based business advocate to government in California, working at the state and federal levels to influence government actions affecting all California business. As a not-for-profit, we leverage our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations to provide affordable and easy-to-use compliance products and services.

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