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Welcome from the President

he Clovis Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2017 Clovis LifeStyle & Resource Guide. Through the hard work of staff, writers and photographers we have produced a high quality publication that personifies our high quality city. As you browse through its pages you’ll quickly agree that Clovis is a special place to live.

Others agree also as we have been named the Number One City to Raise a Young Family in California – for the second time! According to NerdWallet, a website helping people with financial decisions, “This city in the San Joaquin Valley offers affordable homes, good schools and a good quality of life for families…(with) 285 acres of parks and trails!”

To those of us who live here, it was an obvious choice. We enjoy the benefits of a responsibly run city government, award winning public safety, a nationally recognized school system and a growing economic base. The Clovis Chamber plays an integral part in working with all three entities.

Chamber members and staff are involved with government committees and serve on commissions. Clovis’ smart housing and land use plans places us as the 15th best city in California for home ownership.

The Clovis Unified School District is one of the main reasons people move to Clovis. With high API scores, award winning budget management and a 92% graduation rate, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the top districts in the state.

The Chamber works closely with the district. In 2014, we became a host for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy that teaches business ownership skills to middle and high school students. We were asked by the US Chamber of Commerce to be the first to present the program in California that was created in 2004 by the University of Rochester. The support from the students, their parents, the district and local community leaders has been tremendous. We are proud to be part of such a valuable program that has literally changed students’ lives and prepares them to become highly skilled, productive members of society with good character.

Adding to the quality of life in Clovis are the Chamber’s two festivals, BIG Hat Days in April and ClovisFest in October. Attracting over 200,000 visitors each year they add to the economic vitality of local merchants and the city and provide a wonderful tradition for Valley families.

Clovis businesses recognize the value of belonging to the Clovis Chamber that provides them with not only first class networking events but also a sense of community that supports their efforts to grow our economy. We consider our members to be our most valuable assets.

As the Chamber of Commerce, it is very rewarding to represent the businesses of such a well run city as Clovis. Our pride is well earned and will only continue to grow as we have an impact on the city’s future. We invite you to join us and be a part of an incredible experience.

Mark Blackney
President/CEO, Clovis Chamber of Commerce

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