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The SBACC was created in 1979 to help South Bay aerospace companies advocate for key space and defense programs funded by Congress and the Pentagon. During these early years, all activities were voluntary, and also mirrored the legislative advocacy undertaken by the California Chamber of Commerce.In 1990, the SBACC faced a new challenge during the first round of defense industry base closures in 1990, which were undertaken through the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC).
As the Los Angeles Air Force Base was an essential component of the South Bay economy, the SBACC pulled all of its member Chambers, community leaders, and elected officials at all levels of government to work with the Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB) to ensure the installation was not slated for closure. Our efforts were a success, saving this vital operation from closure, and ensuring the continued livelihood of numerous active and former military service members and civilians.

After avoiding this threat during the first round, the SBACC realized that our work ahead was cut out for us, and continued to work effectively together on a common agenda of federal and state policy issues affecting the South Bay business community, while also remaining in constant support of the LAAFB.During the next four rounds of BRAC, the SBACC successfully became the organization that orchestrated all community activities in support of the LAAFB.

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Over the past 40 years, the SBACC has built its reputation as a well-recognized entity for all South Bay legislative advocacy, working tirelessly on behalf of the local businesses and Fortune 500 companies represented through the organization. We strive to bring together local Chambers of Commerce throughout the South Bay region, and as an industry leading association, we have expanded our reach beyond the aerospace industry to encompass the sectors of energy, hospitality, and regional small business policy.