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The 21st century global economy is transforming the way we live our lives. Nowhere is this more evident than in Southern California where we are fortunate to lead the nation in sectors such as advanced logistics, high-tech innovation, and financial services. Our very own Silicon Beach is leaving an indelible mark by producing successful startups such as Snap, Dollar Shave Club, and StartEngine.

Ensuring that the southland is ready to compete in the new global economy is one of the most important duties that I have as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. That is why I support commonsense, pro-growth policies that encourage entrepreneurship and innovation while welcoming investment.     

Orange County and East San Gabriel Valley are home to many competitive entrepreneurs and businesses in Southern California. This is where James Lin grew a small trucking company started by his father into a high-tech, global supply chain corporation. Headquartered in Walnut, Unified Network Information Services operates in the City of Industry delivering end-to-end logistics solutions for the largest retailers in the world. UNIS also manufactures electronics and is growing jobs in California; the company employs more than 1,100 full-time employees.  

DSG Business, Tax, and Wealth Planning is another success story worth highlighting. Tony Yu is a second generation owner who grew a family financial services company into a thriving successful business. DSG recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and supports 10 employees. The company is known for offering 21st century solutions such as cybersecurity insurance. 

Being ready to compete also means that we need to educate our children for the jobs of tomorrow. Bixel Exchange – also known as Los Angeles’ Center for Innovation and Technology – is partnering with the industry to place community college graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into high-tech jobs. 

Similarly, I sponsor an annual coding contest that encourages children in elementary and middle schools to develop apps to help solve public policy challenges. In this manner, I hope to do my part to stir the imagination and unleash creativity which are the main ingredients of the knowledge economy.

Southern California is home to some of the most innovative and dynamic businesses in the world. Many of these amazing companies are located in our own neighborhoods. Helping the southland thrive in the 21st century global economy is one of the most important duties that I have. So, let’s work together to strengthen our competitiveness and build a brighter, more prosperous future. 

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