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VOL. 31, NO. 8

AN AWARD-WINNING, MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE CARLSBAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

SEPTEMBER 2014

Chamber members lead Carlsbad forward

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arlsbad continues to move forward because of the strong relationship that the City of Carlsbad has forged with the business community. That was the takeaway from the address that Mayor Matt Hall gave to a sold-out audience of more than 440 at the State of the City Luncheon, held Friday, Aug. 22 at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. Hall said that projects under construction and in the planning stages

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will infuse $2.7 billion into the community — including $514 million in commercial real estate projects and $1.6 billion in large projects such as the Poseidon Water desalination project. This shows that the city and the business community have a thriving relationship, Hall said. After his address, Hall added that he wanted to focus his address on collaboration because that’s what makes Carlsbad great.

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Mayor Matt Hall (above) said the City and ViaSat worked together to expedite the construction of the satellite company’s new 143,00-square-foot building under construction at El Camino Real. Photo by Scott Peltier

What’s your cause? Chamber members give back to diverse causes

Most companies recognize the value of giving back to their community, both as a way to make a difference in their neighborhoods, and as a way to bring their employees together for a good cause. We asked our members to the causes that their company and employees support. We were not disappointed with the variety of supported organizations — including many that are also Chamber members. Since 1972, Toyota Carlsbad has supported local youth-oriented charities. This year, through the “We Care, You Choose” competition, Toyota Carlsbad is making contributions of $2,500 each to four organizations — all of which are members of the Carlsbad

Chamber of Commerce. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Educational Foundation, TERI Campus of Life and the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation. In addition, this year Toyota Motor Sales may match the contributions. Tim Stripe, co-president of Grand Pacific Resorts, said his company’s employees enjoy being involved in the community. Grand Pacific Resorts supports many local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad and The Angel’s Depot. “We just feel there are a lot of great philanthropic organizations within Carlsbad that do wonderful things,” Stripe said. “The community has a lot of exciting

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Diana Sanchez, a credit card processor at Henry Schein Orthodontics, distributes school supplies during a recent back-to-school fundraiser. Photo by Scott Peltier

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