The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce marked its 60th anniversary March 11.
Founded as the Westchester Chamber of Commerce on March 11, 1953, the chamber was created by 20 area business leaders who wanted to have an organization that would act as the voice for the local business community.
The chamber has since grown to serve the communities of Westchester/Los Angeles International Airport area, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Playa del Rey and the surrounding beach cities.
“The chamber of today has grown by leaps and bounds. What started off as a few community members working together to promote business, has turned into a regional advocacy organization making a difference,” said chairman of the board Tony Palermo.
“We represent the LAX coastal region and we are more dedicated than ever to advocate for our business community.”
Chamber officials say that despite all the changes the area has experienced and the technological advances the business community has seen in recent decades, the chamber’s central mission has remained constant: to provide a meeting place for business people to come together for the greater good of the local economy and community.
“We are constantly working to build a better community in the areas we represent,” said chamber President/CEO Christina Davis.
“We are active in both community and business organizations. Our leadership is proud to serve on organizations like the Westchester Family YMCA, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa, Rotary Clubs, BizFed, the Westside Council of Chambers of Commerce and many other organizations to promote a stronger Los Angeles.”
The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an official celebration to commemorate its 60th year from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, 4375 Admiralty Way.