I got back from an event yesterday called Glendale Outlook 2012 where the new Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa spoke. He gave an update on the status of the city, told of his vision for Glendale, talked about all the “financial concerns” in the city and then confidently let us all know that the city of Glendale was one of the premier places to live, work and play in Southern California.
As I was listening to all that he had to say, I thought, “What part can I play in all of this and what part can the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce play in this?” I knew right away that when he began talking about the reduction of funding to the state of California from the federal government, from the reduction of funding from the state of California to the city of Glendale, we were going to have to begin to think of new ways to “get the job done.”
When Glendale’s budget is impacted, it affects us all. It affects our businesses, our schools, our public safety, our housing market and general way of life. But, like Mr. Ochoa said, “Does that mean that we give up, or does that mean that we have to find an answer to the problem?”
Of course, we all know the answer to that question. We have to find a way to continue and develop new ways of creating a thriving community on limited resources. As history proves, this is the time when radical changes take place in how we approach our day-to-day living. The changes occurring force us to stretch ourselves, to begin to think outside of “the box” and think of new creative ways to do the same thing. After all, necessity is the mother of invention! However, the one thing that never seems to change, as Mr. Ochoa pointed out, is the importance of community involvement and support. This is where we come in.
Now more than ever, each of us, individually and collectively, has to offer what we can. This could be volunteering at many of the local organizations in the community, creating new organizations to meet a particular need that you see or just stopping by your neighbors’ to see if you can lend a helping hand. Community partnership is very important in this time.
Here at the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, we want to be a community partner to businesses and residents. We are working on ways to network and partner with other organizations and with the city of Glendale to meet the needs and concerns of the area.
If you need any assistance with your business or have questions about the area, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Not a chamber member yet? We would love to have you join our network. We are running a special offer for new members who would like to join the chamber of commerce during the first quarter of this year. Please contact the office if you are interested in becoming a member or have any other questions that we can answer for you!