The continued focus on making Manhattan Beach the best place to live, work and play is what the Manhattan Beach Chamber is all about. Our mission statement itself focuses on building and sustaining a strong local economy and community. Putting these two things together at times can feel like a challenge. For the most part one cannot exist without the other, but each side of the equation can sometimes be hard to see by the other side. Even for those who both own a business and live in town, it can be hard to separate the emotions that go with each.
The residents of Manhattan Beach have been blessed with a beautiful, successful and thriving community. This is in no small part due to the passion and energy of the people who lead this community. Over the years many people involved in civic leadership have made tremendous decisions which has made Manhattan Beach the city we all know and love. Whether it be the proper development of the former Chevron fields, working through concerns to bring Metlox to fruition or supporting our parks program, these have all helped to shape the community.
The business community through the years, has also been privy to a tremendous local economy and support from some of the best residents. The businesses here have also had the vision to evolve and prepare for the future. Taking the time to look into the future allowed for the development of a solid parking meter program, the beginning of a fantastic Farmers Market and solid partnerships with our schools, to name a few.
As we prepare to look at what Manhattan Beach will be 5, 10, 20 years into the future, it is important to realize all of the people it will take to make Manhattan Beach the place we will all want to live, work and play in the year 2020 and beyond. Each of our Economic Forums through the years have focused on bringing in leaders from around Southern California to lend us their experience. This year we will again look to cities such as Seal Beach, Venice and Dana Point as we learn from their experiences and try to take it to the next level here.
Regardless of what stage of life, part in the eco system or level of involvement you have it is important to have your voice heard. Do you want Manhattan Beach to be the city next to the city with all of the shopping? Or is it that we want to have the best shopping experience here in the city while also embracing the community we love? The culinary world has embraced us and we have enjoyed a great deal of success because of this. How do we continue to be on the cutting edge while also catering to local residents? With a large portion of our dining community supported by visitors and a large portion of our shopping needs met by surrounding communities, how do we find a better balance?
It is time to have your voice heard. Let’s plan for the tomorrow we want instead of standing by the today that we have. Take a few moments and put a thought or two down and send it me at James@ManhattanBeachChamber.net . Only through open and honest dialogue will we get to where we all want to be down the road. Being a great city today is no guarantee of a successful tomorrow. A community willing to hear each other out, respectively debate the value of each idea and compromise for the better good will lead to an amazing future.
To purchase tickets to the Economic Forum or to have your business included in the Business Expo portion during the event, visit: http://business.manhattanbeachchamber.com/events/details/economic-forum-south-bay-2020-3195