Hart Community Homes iconFor emancipated foster youth who face serious struggles after aging out of the system – including chronic unemployment and homelessness – Hart Community Homes and its Monkey Business Workforce Development Program are helping to positively transform lives.

Founded in 1996 by Corona del Mar resident Bill Hart, the nonprofit will be hosting its largest fundraiser of the year on Sept. 12 in the 16th Annual Golf Invitational “Driving the Future for Foster Care” on the South Course at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast.

Proceeds will support the agency’s innovative workforce development program at Fullerton-based Monkey Business Café, the site of a paid work experience and job training program for former foster youth and young adults. Specifically, the golf tournament will help the agency create a test kitchen where program participants can develop additional skills in culinary arts and product development using sustainable, farm-to-table approaches.  Last year’s event allowed the agency to purchase a vehicle for its catering services.

For sponsorship information on the 16th Annual Golf Invitational at Pelican Hill, call (714) 526-2729, email connect@hartcommunityhomes.org or register for the golf tournament online at www.hartcommunityhomes.org.  The agency is also seeking volunteers to assist with the event.

Hart Community Homes is a 501C3 not-for-profit organization. Since its founding, it has served over 1,000 foster youth and emancipated foster youth. The agency’s mission is to heal, educate and empower at-risk youth to become healthy, productive and self-sufficient adults in the community

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Trade Forecast Report Predicts Growth for Region

by Laura Perdew on August 27, 2014

(Source: Cal State Fullerton)

Export iconExports are an important source of growth for the Southern California region and are expected to increase solidly over the next few years reflecting strong economic activity in the U.S. and abroad, according to a 2014 International Trade Forecast recently released by Cal State Fullerton economists Mira Farka and Adrian Fleissig.

In 2012, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was ranked third in the nation for volume of merchandise exports with total exports of $75 billion, noted Fleissig, professor of economics. While exports from the region decreased in the last two years, “we expect this trend to reverse and the level of exports to increase, but at a pace in the single-digit range and well below the post recession peaks recorded in 2010 and 2011,” he added.

Merchandise exports for the MSA are expected to increase over the forecast horizon, rising from $75 billion in 2012 to $86.3 billion in 2015. Computer and electronic products and transportation equipment have been and will continue to be top export sectors for the region, say the researchers. North American Free Trade Agreement and Asian countries are the top trading partners and exports are expected to grow by the end of 2015.

Looking to Orange County exports, Farka and Fleissig say it is similar to the wider MSA, with Mexico being the leading destination for exports — which have doubled since the recession — followed by Canada. The county’s exports are projected to grow in all major regions, and like the MSA, computer and electronic products and transportation equipment will continue to be the top categories.

“Overall, the outlook for export growth in the region is promising,” said Farka, associate professor of economics. “Longer term, we forecast exports to increase significantly following the completion of current trade negotiations of the World Trade Organization, the Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”

The full report is available online.

This is the fifth international trade forecast report released by Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting. Housed in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, the center releases economic forecasts, provides policy advice on economic and environmental issues and conducts regional economic analysis, as well as independent studies and sponsored research with private and public entities in the areas of its focus. Its activities are structured to allow the participation of graduate and undergraduates students.

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Ambassador Rally Rolls Through Fullerton!

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Placentia-Linda Hospital Hosts Blood Drive at Center for Wound Care

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Fullerton Chamber Recognizes 2013-14 Chairman’s Circle Sponsors, Elected Officials

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The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce recognized its 2013-14 Chairman’s Circle Sponsors during a “Pancakes and Politics” breakfast event at the Villa Del Sol Courtyard’s Brownstone Cafe located in historic downtown Fullerton on Aug. 22. Congressman Ed Royce was in attendance and provided his perspective on local and global topics. Also providing political updates were Fullerton […]

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Fullerton Chamber: New Member Savings Platform!

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The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce is continuing to add value to your membership, and has now launched a Member Savings Platform. Through the program, we have leveraged our combined buying power to bring you and your employees the savings only large companies receive on critical business expenses, offering 10%-25% savings from such companies as: AT&T […]

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Fullerton Technology Foundation to Host Annual Wine Auction & Gala

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OC Vets Cemetery Bill Goes to Governor

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Muck Roots Music Series: Orange Empire Chorus, Haemil

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Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. the Muck music series presents the Orange Empire Chorus, the Fullerton chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Tickets are $12.50 for members, $20 for students/seniors and $25 for non-members. The Barbershop Harmony Society is an international organization of approximately 30,000 members. The mission of the society is to perpetuate the […]

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Woman’s Club of Fullerton Hosts Tasty Tuesday

August 26, 2014

The Woman’s Club of Fullerton is having a Tasty Tuesday event on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Pint House. Print out the flyer bring it with you and they will donate 15% of your bill to the club. For the flyer, click here. Hope to see you there!

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