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December 2018 Highlights
Are you Prepared? Shift Happens! Conference
Friday, January 11, 2019
The Valley Economic Alliance in partnership with Valley Nonprofit Resources and California State University, Northridge (CSUN) College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will present a disaster preparedness conference on Friday, January 11th from 7:30am to 1:30pm at CSUN's Student Union Center.
Earthquakes, fires, floods and power outages require us to shift our attention and resources immediately to ensure our people and property are safe. Entitled "Are You Prepared? Shift Happens!," the conference will highlight disaster preparedness experts on how the community should prepare to face the "Big One."
CSUN President Diane Harrison will give a special welcome address to kick-off the event and Stephen Jordan, CEO of Institute for Sustainable Development will be a keynote speaker. Jordan leads the Institute for Sustainable Development, a non-profit "action tank" that promotes innovation and public-private partnerships for sustainable and inclusive long-term recovery, resilience and transformation.

The conference is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Montage Insurance Solutions, LADWP, SoCal Gas, Kaiser Permanente, California Earthquake Authority, Mission Valley Bank, Daily News, San Fernando Valley Business Journal and The San Fernando Valley Sun.

Exhibitors include Boy Scouts of America, SOS Survival Products, CMTC, Mike's Roofing and Building, CalCAP Seismic Safety Loan Program and San Fernando Valley Employer Advisory Council.
Tickets are $50 and include all day access to exhibitors, presentations, and breakfast and lunch keynote speaker sessions. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available. To register or for more information, visit  or call 818-379-7000. 
Los Angeles Home Buyers Conference
Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Valley Economic Alliance is proud to support the  Los Angeles Home Buyers Conference  on  Saturday, February 16th  - a free educational event that connects potential and existing homeowners with the resources they need to achieve their goal of becoming a homeowner, maximizing equity as a current home owner or looking into real estate as a career choice whether flipping a house/real estate agent and/or pursuing a career in commercial real estate or lending. 
Guests can take advantage of workshops, credit counselors lounge and an on-site loan pavilion for same day pre-qual for anyone wanting to buy a house. 
Visit to register or for more information. 
In the News
New San Fernando Valley U.S. Census data brings into view Latino population gains, economic highs and lows

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau paints a picture of both diversity and growing inequality in the San Fernando Valley, as the average Valley dweller earned a higher median income than the U.S. average but was more likely to live in poverty than the average American.

That gap, however, remains less acute than Los Angeles County as a whole.

The data set shows a non-white majority in the urban-suburban enclave, at a 42.5 percent Hispanic and Latino majority, 40.1 percent white, 10.9 percent Asian and 3.6 percent black. Since 2010, the Valley's population has increased by 6.3 percent to 1.86 million people. By comparison, the population of Los Angeles County overall increased by 4.8 percent.

The census study of the San Fernando Valley, as its own official entity, was lobbied for in 2006 by Valley politicians, including Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, who shared his analysis of this year's findings with the L.A. Daily News. The boundaries for the data set include cities of Glendale and Burbank on the east and San Fernando, Calabasas and Agoura Hills toward the west.

According to the data, Valley residents have an 11 percent higher median income than the average American household, at $64,059. That's up from $61,033 in 2016, which was closer to this year's national household average, $61,372. The average household income in Los Angeles County in 2017 was $57,654.

That said, 15.4 percent of Valley persons are reported to live in poverty, at a rate lower than Los Angeles County overall but higher than the 12.5 percent national average. The gap is less extreme, however, when comparing Valley families in poverty to the official U.S. rate (11.6 percent to 10.5 percent).

Markers of inequality are also reflected in levels of educational attainment as reported in the data. The Valley boasts a higher percentage of college graduates than America as a whole (34 percent to 31 percent) but is also home to more people without a high school diploma, 19 percent, compared to the national average of 13 percent.

Kenn Phillips, President and CEO of The Valley Economic Alliance, also said the information is crucial to overseeing local economic development and business assistance programs, such as an ongoing study of the economic impact on communities affected by the Woolsey fire.

"Getting accurate numbers are crucial. We're so close to 2 million people here in the Valley. Our needs are great, so just at face value, it's important to have these numbers and show that," he said.

Out and About

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian representing the 46th District hosted an open house and toy/food drive on December 6th to benefit local organizations. 

Pictured from left are Field Representatives Carolyne Hogikyan, Emma Taylor and Vanessa Carr with The Valley Economic Alliance's Angela Amirkhanian. 
ProHealth Medical Group hosted a Holiday party on December 8th at Bellaj Banquet Hall.

Pictured is TVEA's Kenn Phillips and Kenny Broderick with Boardmember and COO of ProHealth Natasha Madarian and Dr. Sean Younai. 

David Shapiro gets sworn in as Mayor of City of Calabasas by his family on December 12th at Calabasas City Hall. 
Councilmember Mitch Englander's community farewell and Holiday breakfast on December 13th at the LAPD Devonshire PALS Youth Center. 

NBC Universal hosted a Holiday reception at Vivo Italian Kitchen on December 11th

Pictured are TVEA's  Kenn Phillips and Jacqui Matsumoto with TVEA Boardmembers, Natasha Madarian of ProHealth Medical Group, Darnell Tyler with NBC Universal and Joy Forbes. 
James Monroe High School hosted an annual Community Partner Breakfast to thank community partners for collaboration with the school on December 7th in their new, state-of-the-art Monroe Creative Arts building.

VICA hosted their 69th Annual Meeting on December 14th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel. 

Pictured is TVEA Boardmember and Founder of UltraGlas, Jane Skeeter receiving the 26th Annual Harmon Ballin Award.
Cal Lutheran University travel, tourism and hospitality student final presentations on December 5th. 

Pictured from left are judges:  Art Barmash of Forest Lawn, Kenn Phillips of TVEA and Haley Powers.

3WINS Fitness hosted a special event at El Cariso Park on December 5th.

3WINS is a movement dedicated to empowering individuals to improve their quality of life by building healthier minds, bodies and communities.
Save the Dates - 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019
Student Union Center - Cal State University Northridge

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Hyatt Place Glendale
*For TVEA Board of Directors only.

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Tierra Del Sol - Bud's Place
*For non-profit organizations only. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Hilton Woodland Hills

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Burbank YMCA
*For TVEA Board of Governors only.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Main Auditorium - Adventist Health Glendale

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Student Union Plaza - Los Angeles Valley College 
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