February 22 speakers at EASBA
Officer Steven Costa
Officer Chanel Kirk
Thanks to everyone who attended our regular monthly meeting this past Tuesday afternoon.
We all learned a lot about the Long Beach Area Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Cambodian American Business Association and the new Community Camera Partnership being introduced by the Long Beach Police Department.
If you were unable to attend, here is a recap of this month’s meeting:
Anthony Kim, the President of the Cambodian American Business Association (CAMBA), provided us with an overview of the organization’s upcoming events including their Cambodian Business and Culture Expo scheduled for fall of 2011. With more than 400 members, CAMBA is dedicated to strengthening business ties between Cambodia and the United States. CAMBA provides a strong voice on business, cultural and political issues of interest to the Cambodian American community. It serves as a liaison and resource center for business owners and members to network and market their products and services.
Our next speaker was Steve Goodling, the President and CEO of the Long Beach Visitors and Convention Bureau (LBCVB). Steve gave a fascinating presentation of his organization’s successful efforts to promote the convention and tourism industry within Long Beach. Steve first pointed out that the LBCVB is truly a team effort and gave an overview of the many seasoned professionals he has the privilege of working with. Under Steve’s leadership, the LBCVB’s efforts resulted in over $618 million in generated revenue in 2010. Of that, $14 million in Transit Occupancy Tax (bed tax) was directly added to the City’s coffers. Steve discussed the many upcoming conventions and events orchestrated by the LBCVB, including next week’s TED2011 Conference, NASA’s conference and the Hot August Nights car show coming this summer.
We were also privileged to have members of Long Beach Police Chief McDonnell’s Community Camera Partnership join us to discuss the use of security cameras. Officers Steven Costa and Chanel Kirk discussed the advantages of business owners installing internet accessible video surveillance systems in their places of business. Modern camera systems can be easily connected to the internet allowing the LBPD to obtain valuable, time-sensitive information when crime occurs in the City. This tool would save time in solving crime as well as saving valuable time when responding to crimes in progress.
Finally, Armando Vazquez-Ramos from Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell's Office discussed upcoming events within District 4 including opportunities to meet with Councilman O’Donnell.
The EASBA Board of Directors once again would like to Anthony Kim, Steve Goodling, Officer Costa, Officer Kirk and Armando from Councilmember O’Donnell’s office for their time and informative presentations.
We hope to see you at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 22nd when our guest speaker will be Chief Jim McDonnell from the Long Beach Police Department. Be sure to check our website www.EASBA.com for all the latest news and updates. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for all the exciting EASBA improvement projects.
Thank you for your time and your ongoing support.
Rod Wilson, President
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Lee Vieira, Vice President
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Ken Buck, Treasurer
Lorie Stack, Secretary
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