Irvine has made its reputation as a global competitor by leveraging its diversity, its international headquarters and its export strength. Building on our strategic location and proximity to customers and resources has contributed to Irvine’s rising exports and ranking as “One of the Top Ten Cities with a Global Vibe.”
This Irvine Global Markets website serves as a one-stop resource for local trade resources in Irvine and Orange County. Through the Partnerships with our Trade Agencies, Associations, International Ethnic Chambers, and Government Agencies, we have come together to identify a streamlined approach of sharing these resources for local businesses.
The Greater Irvine Chamber partners with the City of Irvine to expand and retain business in Irvine. In 2002, the Irvine City Council, the Greater Irvine Chamber and the local hotels authorized the creation of a “hotel improvement district” covering the City of Irvine. The authorizing legislation provided that a portion of the funding derived from the self-imposed surcharge on hotel stays be directed to the Greater Irvine Chamber to “attract and recruit businesses and tourism to Irvine.” The funding from this program is segregated from Greater Irvine Chamber accounts and is aimed at all businesses in Irvine, not just Chamber members.
The Chamber has five overall economic development goals:
Attracting new businesses and retaining/growing existing businesses
International outreach, coalitions and attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
Assisting businesses to expand markets with trade and export
Assisting and encouraging startups and entrepreneurs
Helping to prepare the 21st century workforce
Through the Economic Vitality Council, it became apparent there is a tremendous international business presence in Irvine, Orange County. The International Development Committee was developed in 2014 to help address the economic development goals for the constantly evolving global business economy. Through the committee, we have gathered the abundance local resources in the area and developed this microsite to serve as the one stop website for all international related resources in Irvine, Orange County.