News Release


DATE: July 29, 1999

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108


Alpine, CA - In Wednesday night's keynote address to members of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob unveiled plans for a partnership between the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the East County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"For the first time ever, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will have a viable presence in East County," said Jacob in her remarks to the 100 member audience. "This is another East County first which will provide us with a stronger unified voice in the region," she added.

With over 1000 members, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the fastest growing Hispanic Chamber in the United States and has been selected to host this year's U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's national convention in September, promising to bring 7,000 participants from all over the country.

"As a leading advocate for the Hispanic entrepreneur, reaching out to the East County business community is part of our ongoing mission to be a countywide organization," said Marco Polo Cortes, President of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Terry Saverson, Executive Director of the East County Regional Chamber, commented that she is excited about the opportunity to assist and work with the Hispanic Chamber. "We believe that this is a win-win for both organizations," said Saverson. "It means more business opportunities for our members and gives a presence for the Hispanic Chamber in the East County."

Created in 1997 through a merger of the El Cajon and La Mesa Chambers of Commerce, the East County Regional Chamber of Commerce now boasts a membership of 1300.

The partnership is expected to not only result in shared office space, but could also include reciprocal memberships, increased member benefits and enhanced networking opportunities.