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    Nominations for Carpinterian of the Year and Junior Carpinterian of the Year are Closing Soon

    Nominations for Carpinterian and Junior Carpinterian of the Year close on February 24.

    For the 2022 Carpinterian of the Year nomination form, click here.

    Criterion for Junior Carpinterian of the Year Applications is available by clicking here, or for a Google form, click here.

    2022 Chamber of Commerce Junior Carpinterian of the Year Application, click here.

    Registration is now open, and seating is limited. Click here to secure your ticket.

    For more information or to contribute to the Junior Carpinterian Scholarship Fund, please get in touch with Berlin at berlin@sbscchamber.com.

    W.A.C.E. Annual Conference

    Last week the Chamber’s President & CEO, Public Policy Manager and Director of Communications attended the annual W.A.C.E Conference in Sacramento. The conference was attended by over 350 chamber leaders from 21 Western States and Canada. The 3-day event included opportunities for networking, top-notch keynote speakers, workshops and educational sessions to learn from the best and brightest chamber organizations across the West. We are excited to bring back best practices and share ideas learned from other successful chambers.

    SBSCC Magazine Spotlight: Joey Zumaya & LinkedIn

    The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce welcomes Joey Zumaya as Chair of the Board of Directors.

    Zumaya understands the importance of investing in the local community, being a community leader, and supporting organizations that do good. This is reflected in his team and program, LinkedIn for Nonprofits, which manages the world’s largest online community of nonprofits to drive social impact around the globe.

    Learn more about Joey and Linked in our Santa Barbara South Coast Magazine here.

    Bailard Multi-Family Housing Project

    On February 22, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission held a hearing regarding the Bailard Multi-Family Housing Project – a proposed 169-unit mixed-income housing development located at 1101 & 1103 Bailard Avenue, Carpinteria. In 2022, the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee supported this project as a commonsense solution to our region’s workforce housing woes. The February 22 meeting was not for approval/denial of the project. The Planning Commission instead heard an update on the project. The Chamber encourages any local businesses concerned about housing, particularly in Carpinteria, to look into this project and consider supporting it at future meetings alongside the Chamber. 

    Solomon Hills — The Next Step in Santa Barbara County Housing

    On March 8, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission will hold a hearing regarding the Solomon Hills project, located just south of Orcutt. Solomon Hills is a potentially 4,000-unit project and reuse of a 1,903-acre industrial property. The proposal is for a small-scale village that strives to be a model of sustainable communities. Given the severity of employee housing challenges our local employers face, Solomon Hills aligns perfectly with the type of big-picture thinking the Chamber supports regarding housing. Solomon Hills does not shy away from our region’s housing crisis, instead choosing to meet it head-on with an impactful proposal. The March 8 hearing will be for initiating a County General Plan Amendment and re-zone of the site. This would allow the applicant to study the project proposal further. Initiation on March 8 does not mean that the project is approved. The Chamber encourages any local businesses or individuals interested in impactful solutions to our region’s housing challenges to support the project on March 8. Click here to join the Chamber’s coalition letter. Click here for more about Solomon Hills. 

    Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
    Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commercehttps://sbscchamber.com/
    The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria, is a regional business organization with the mission to help South Coast businesses, residents, and visitors thrive. Through leadership and collaboration, the Chamber is the principal economic development entity advocating for the business community. We engage with businesses, elected officials, and regional partners in proactive business initiatives that foster the South Coast’s unique business environment and create opportunities for our communities. The Chamber is proud to represent local business members who create 75,000 jobs on the South Coast!


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