News & Updates
March 31st, 2021
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JR & Sir Richard Branson
How Soon Would You Feel Comfortable Attending A Street Festival In Escondido?
Last Week's Poll Results: "How Do You Feel About Opening Back Up?
With Caution = 46%
Full Speed Ahead = 40%
Too Early = 14%
In a coup for the organization, the Escondido Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it was the benefactor of a very unique gift. A gift in the form of a seat on a highly anticipated voyage…a gift from Virgin Galactic!

As some may know, James Rowten the CEO & President of the Chamber is an avid automobile enthusiast, and often attends a variety of car shows each year. It turns out that so does Richard Branson, the gregarious business magnate and founder of the Virgin Group which today controls more than 400 companies – including Virgin Galactic.

In August of 2019, while enjoying the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance – one of the world’s premier celebrations of the automobile – the two gentlemen happened to meet with the help of an old friend. Immediately they realized they had a lot in common besides business and being entrepreneurs; they both truly love the automobile. While they talked the conversation easily switched to business, with James discussing his storied past and how he had recently taken over the reins of the Chamber of Commerce. Of course, Mr. Branson at the time was deeply consumed with his Virgin Galactic project and an idea was sparked.

Knowing that Branson had a tremendous history of charitable influence and giving back, James mentioned that he had an idea…to declare that the Escondido Chamber of Commerce would be the first ever Chamber of Commerce in space! James recalls that part of the conversation like this “I mentioned that, and he just stared at me for what seemed like an eternity until a wry smile came across his face.” Not knowing how his pipe dream of an idea was being received, James started to explain more and was interrupted by the smiling billionaire.

“So, what are you asking Mr. Rowten?” was the reply. “Do you just expect me to offer up a ticket, one of the most highly sought after tickets in the world, to you and your organization?” Another moment of silence took place on the seaside bluffs, and that is when James said he had to just put it all out there to see what happens – “Yes, that is exactly what I am expecting!”

And as they say, the rest is history and the Escondido Chamber of Commerce is set to make history. Now they’re deciding how the ticket can benefit the community organization, and they’d be fools to not take advantage of such an incredible gift!
Chamber Events & Programs
23rd Annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament
Monday, April 12th
April Economic
Development Meeting
Thursday, April 15th
@ 9:00am

Guest Speaker: Ann Van Leer w/ The Escondido Creek Conservancy
April Rising Star
Student Awards
Wednesday, April 21st
@ 9:00am
Business Resources
Escondido News & Happenings
City News & Updates
The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. The City of Escondido is actively taking measures to keep our community safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are committed to following the Governor’s and the County Public Health Officer’s orders in a combined effort to keep our population healthy and safe while providing essential services to our residents.
Member News & More
The San Diego Latino Health Coalition has created a special video campaign to help educate the Latino community about the Covid-19 vaccines. They want to make sure the proper information gets out to the public so people know the vaccine is available and is safe for people to get now.
Oil Painters of America Coming to CCAE Museum
The Museum is introducing Oil Painters of America: 30th National Juried Exhibition on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
Dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art, Oil Painters of America’s primary mission is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of...
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