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Editorial: New chamber alliance will benefit entire region

 

The Tri-Valley is unique in that the five communities that comprise the region actually work together. Where oftentimes cities compete with their neighbors for resources and designations, Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville partner to tackle issues that affect the region.

The mayors travel and lobby together at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., for funding that will benefit projects like BART to ACE, Highway 84 improvements, and help for military veterans, which enhance quality of life throughout the Tri-Valley.

The chambers of commerce of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville acknowledged this "strength in numbers" attitude recently when they came together to form a regional alliance.

Known as the Tri-Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance (TVCCA), the newly formed group will represent more than 3,000-member businesses and organizations that employ over 87,000 individuals.

Strategic alliances between small businesses are gaining in popularity because they create a synergy in which each party benefits more from the alliance than from individual efforts. By pooling resources and sharing knowledge, TVCCA will have a strong, unified voice to better advocate on the behalf of member businesses and work together on business issues that impact the region.

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Steve Van Dorn said the alliance will aid in supporting members and "the Tri-Valley region so that it remains the leader of job creation in the Bay Area."

"I believe that a high tide raises all ships," Zae Perrin, president of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement about the alliance formation. The partnership also "raises the awareness of the Tri-Valley brand," as Dawn Argula, CEO and president of the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce said.

We agree that collaboration between the chambers, as with the municipalities, is beneficial and praise the chamber leaders for their foresight. A strong local economy is key to a superior quality of life, so this alliance is a win not only for the member businesses but the entire Tri-Valley.

Editor's note: As a matter of transparency, we should note that our publisher Gina Channell, who oversees the Pleasanton Weekly and DanvilleSanRamon.com, is the 2018 chair of the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce.

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