President's Letter

Dear Visitor or Prospective Resident:

In 1890, North Hollywood, then called Toluca - Lankershim, was an agrarian fruit ranch area surrounded by the wheat fields of Isaac Lankershim. By 1910, this dusty road crossing became the cannery, commercial and retail center for the South East Valley. Lankershim Boulevard was the main thoroughfare and the Southern rogressive in establishing the El Portal Theater, a 100-acre park, a major bank, library and high school. The communities changed their name to North Hollywood to be closer to the motion picture establishment. Established here in 1915, Universal City-Universal Studios is the largest self-contained movie entertainment business. Known today as Vivendi Universal, it is the most comprehensive global entertainment, information and service company for the wired and wireless world. Vivendi Universal is also the serogressive in establishing the El Portal Theater, a 100-acre park, a major bank, library and high school. The communities changed their name to North Hollywood to be closer to the motion picture establishment. Established here in 1915, Universal City-Universal Studios is the largest self-contained movie entertainment business. graphic

Known today as Vivendi Universal, it is the most comprehensive global entertainment, information and service company for the wired and wireless world. Vivendi Universal is also the second largest theme park establishment in the world. In 1985, we changed our name to the Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. There have been 62 chamber presidents in 92 years including merchants, lawyers, manufacturers and businessmen networking to grow their business and upgrade the community and the San Fernando Valley.

We became known as "the Have to Home" in the San Fernando Valley. Our great climate and economic prosperity drew people here like a magnet to suburbia, while the freeways tied us to the rest of the Valley. We are in transition with 4,000 businesses and a bonafide theater and arts district phenomenon. Our district also celebrates with the NO HO Festival attended by over 100,000 persons every year. Anchored to the new subway station in North Hollywood and Universal City are 31 theaters and a new retail and housing project. We support the bronzing of our "Valley Girl," the seven-foot statue of Amelia Earhart by sculptor Ernest Shelton in North Hollywood Park, along with the objective to make Campo de Cahuenga a National Historical educational site by Universal City and to restore our 1896 Depot Station and Park of 1920.

We are a Chamber of merchants, manufacturers, artists, and the entertainment industry that networks to make this a better place to do business and live. For our future, we also work with VICA, United Chambers of Commerce, local, state and national officials to unite the Valley. We now move forward, while respecting our honored past, as we see a new North Hollywood taking shape in the exciting 21st Century.

Sincerely,

Joe Hooven
2001 President of the Universal City-North Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce

 

 

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