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Groundbreaking of L.A. Chamber of Commerce, view 2
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1888, and is Southern California's largest not-for-profit business federation, representing over 1,600 businesses. The Chamber's early focus promoted the region's abundance of opportunities in agriculture and international trade. After World War II, the organization converted from a country-sponsored to a private business organization funded solely by its members. Its advocacy efforts started to include issues that also affected the four other surrounding counties. In 1967, the Chamber changed its name to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce takes up key issues that affect the business community in Los Angeles. These issues include Affordable Health Care, Affordable Housing, Disaster Preparedness, Economic Development, Education & Workforce Development, Homeland Security, Improving L.A.'s Business Climate, Industrial Land Use, LAX Modernization, and Reducing Traffic Congestion.
View 2: William T. Bishop, the 1923 Chamber president, hands out a trophy cup. Frank Wiggins, the secretary of the Chamber from 1897 to 1924, may be seen just to the right of the American flag. Wiggins has a "walrus mustache" and beard, and is wearing spectacles. The first shovel-full of dirt broke ground for the new L.A. Chamber of Commerce Building, to be located at 1151 S. Broadway and 12th, in 1924 - as a large crowd looked on and cheered.
1 photographic print :b&w ;19 cm x 13 cm on sheet 26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Organizations-Chamber of Commerce.; N-002-348.2 5x7
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
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Boards of trade--California--Los Angeles
Steam shovels--California--Los Angeles
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Crowds--California--Los Angeles

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