The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce partners with the City of Irvine to expand and retain business in Irvine. In 2002, the Irvine City Council, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce and the local hotels authorized the creation of a “hotel improvement district” covering the City of Irvine. The authorizing legislation provided that a portion of the funding derived from the self-imposed surcharge on hotel stays be directed to the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce to “attract and recruit businesses and tourism to Irvine.” The funding from this program is segregated from Greater Irvine Chamber accounts and aimed at all businesses in Irvine, not just Chamber members.
The Chamber has four overall economic development goals:
- Retaining existing businesses and helping them expand
- Incubating new businesses
- Attracting new businesses
- Supporting international business
This website provides overall information about Irvine as a business location to provide factual data to companies considering moving to Irvine as well as to existing businesses that need data as part of their business development programs.
In addition to the Website, Greater Irvine Chamber Economic Development offers the following programs that support the above goals:
The umbrella for all of the Chamber’s Economic Development actions including business attraction, business retention, and workforce development.
Business Outreach Rally
This member-powered special event is designed to help businesses grow – yours and others!
FREE, interactive online webinars with guests, presentations, and best practices for your business including financing, entrepreneur and start-up tools and case studies, HR, public and private sector connections and resources.
A series of webinars with industry professionals and export promotion agencies advising local exporters in the challenges of doing business in key global markets
The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce is not only the biggest and most active Chamber in Orange County, California but it is also unique in that it takes leadership of both Economic Development and Tourism for Irvine.
This productive and efficient arrangement is made possible by funding and support from the Irvine Hotel Improvement District (HID). Launched in 2002, the HID agreed to assess their sold hotel rooms an additional 2% of room rate. 1.5% accrues to the Irvine Chamber to invest in economic development and tourism development programs that promote Irvine’s economic vitality. The remaining .5% accrues to the City of Irvine for support of local festivals and cultural activities. Today, sixteen hotels contribute to this HID assessment. The HID Advisory Board reviews and approves annual budgets and fund investments.
This dedicated funding source allows the Chamber to mount an aggressive destination sales and marketing program (Destination Irvine) to attract meetings, conventions and sports events to Irvine that generate revenue for the hotels. This funding also fuels our robust business attraction, business retention, workforce development and international development initiatives which helps the hotels sustain their healthy and profitable business travel market segment and influences Irvine’s ability to maintain businesses that are competitive globally, healthy, growing and expanding.
The Greater Irvine Chamber’s membership work – leads groups, advocacy and business education - is funded by membership, advertising and signature events.
The Greater Irvine Chamber does not receive any City funding or any support from resident-generated tax base.