Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2012 at 9:02 am
Palo Alto is too small to be able survive the shifts in the business environment that are on-going because of the disrupting effects of the Internet, and shifts in global markets—particularly to India and China. Even if Palo Alto is popular with the tech industry start-up crowd, the Chamber of Commerce is not all that valuable for them when they are only going to be here for a few years, don’t have any products to sell, and either fold, or move to a place that offers them room for growth, and has a government that is more business friendly than Palo Alto.
Given these realities, it’s hard to see a lot of value for a Chamber in a town that will probably not see a lot of new retail appearing in the downtown area to replace businesses that are at the end of their business lifetime (like analog photography shops, or book stores).
Given these realities, there will probably be a number of short-termed presidents at the Chamber in the coming years.
Posted by musical, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:09 am
Oh no! Global market realities spell the end of Palo Alto? Quick, everybody move to China or India.
Evidently over 500 member entities continue to see value in the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. ABAG tells us that jobs vastly outnumber housing here. To employ so many people, our businesses must be still producing a disproportionate amount of goods and services.
Posted by Guest, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:26 am
"Wright said he "received an offer I couldn't refuse" ...he will work on a project that entails training and coaching 110 admissions counselors [read salespeople] for an online university [read bottom-of-barrel diploma mill]."
This alone says it all about the gig at PA Chamber.