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Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce CEO resigns

Original post made on Jun 15, 2012

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is once again looking for a new leader after its president announced Thursday that he is resigning after just six months on the job.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 15, 2012, 8:30 AM

Comments

Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Fairmeadow
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 Palo Verde
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 Crescent Park
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.