Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton and incoming Board Chair, Bill Birnie were included in a group of business and civic leaders invited to partipate in a forum with Congressman-Elect Mike Levin earlier this week. Levin is set to take over the 49th Congressional District seat, currently held by Darrell Issa, in January.
Representatives from the Manufacturing, Health Care, Transportation and Biotech sectors
(including Oceanside's Genentech), were given the opportunity to share concerns related to their specific industries. Levin expressed an interest in following up with tours of many of the businesses in attendance.
Oceanside's beach erosion issue was a key point of discussion at the forum. Ashton emphasized the importance of tourism to our community and the fact that Oceanside benefits from $350M per year in visitor spending. He reminded Levin that for 2 of the past 3 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not get the Harbor dredging completed until well after peak tourism season. Ashton asked the Congressman-Elect to stay engaged with our community on this issue and plans to follow up with his staff when Levin's district office opens in Oceanside.
The event was hosted by the San Diego North Economic Development Council.