The Valley Industry Association Celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary in 2021

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Spotlight

Established on February 9, 1981, the Valley Industry Association (formerly known as the Valencia Manufacturer’s Association) was originally made up of 20 company members. Today VIA represents approximately 300 businesses from wide reaching industries. In addition to their initial transportation, roads, and advocacy focus, VIA has, over the years, become the fastest growing business-to-business organization in the Santa Clarita Valley. VIA works as a strong pro-business advocate for its members with local state and federal legislators, helps member business grow by building new clientele and relationships with other SCV and adjacent area companies, works in conjunction with the City of Santa Clarita and the SCV Economic Development Corporation in attracting new business to the area, while retaining its existing business base.
VIA Achievements:
VIA was an instrumental partner in the opening of the Valencia Learning Center at College of the Canyons (now known as the Employee Training Institute). Through a unique partnership with the college, employers were able to access training and re-training of the existing workforce utilizing funding already paid to the State. This program has grown in leaps and bounds and has served thousands of local employees since its inception.
The VIA Connecting to Success Program, now in its 19th year of serving the students of the SCV, provides workforce readiness training that assists students when entering the workplace. Each year, more than 3,000 students and 80 volunteers participate in this program.
Prior to the VIA Connecting to Success Program, VIA provided the emerging workforce other opportunities to interact with business. The VIA Star program partnered students with local businesses to create a unique product or service and the VIA Website Contest offered students the opportunity to create active, working websites for local companies.
VIA also continues to be an active advocate in transportation. In addition to current transportation issues, VIA pushed to create critical new roadways in and out of the Valencia Industrial Center, allowing emergency vehicles to gain access during disasters (fire, flood, earthquake, etc.) and to allow employers and employees exit strategies as well.
VIA partnered in the upgrade of internet services for the SCV business community, and high-level discussions to prevent PSPS outages in industrial areas, on school and hospital campuses, and other critical needs areas.
VIA also brought food services, daycare providers attracted to the industrial centers to serve the burgeoning numbers of employees coming there to work every day.
VIA regularly provides:
• Annual CEO Forums
• VIA BASH Event honoring businesses of distinction in the SCV
• Annual survey projects
• Monthly luncheon meetings on pertinent business topics
• Quarterly events hosting elected officials, allowing businesses to discuss issues
• Peer-to-peer meetings
• Special summit meetings on urgent topics
Overall, VIA provides a large, collective voice for SCV Business. We encourage you to contact us for more information and to consider membership. (661) 294-8088 or kathy@via.org.

VIA RUBY BALL

On Friday, November 5, the Valley Industry Association (VIA) will celebrate 40 Years of successfully representing business interests throughout the Santa Clarita Valley with a special celebration – “The Ruby Ball.” The Valley Industry Association, a business-to-business organization, serves a membership blend of industrial, commercial, and service companies, and additionally offers opportunities to collaborate on a broad range of business issues.

In addition to celebrating our members, this event also serves as a fundraiser for the VIA Connecting to Success Program. VIA Connecting to Success is a high impact workforce preparation program in a business conference format. Over 100 volunteer mentors from the business community lead students through role-playing, case studies, group discussions, and individual assessments to build workplace professionalism, and the ability to influence others as responsible adults. Now in its 19th year, Connecting to Success has grown to include all high schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District, as well as select charter schools.

We’d like to offer special thanks to our event sponsors, Advanced Audiology, Alliance Integrated Technology, City of Santa Clarita, College of the Canyons, Fivepoint, Logix Federal Credit Union, Santa Clarita Magazine/élite Magazine, Mission View Public School, QM Design Group, Soroptimist International of Greater SCV, Southern California Edison, The Signal and Vance Wealth.

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