Assemblyman Jeff GorellOXNARD, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) was today honored by the Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties as their 2012 Legislator of the Year. The Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is a coalition of eleven local Chambers of Commerce throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Headquartered in Oxnard, the alliance works to foster collaboration among the region’s chambers of commerce and to advocate for policies that promote a friendlier business climate.

“Jeff has proven his ability to reach across the aisle to work for the betterment of California and has a thorough understanding of how to get things done in Sacramento,” announced Oxnard Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Lindholm. “Assemblymember Gorell has the ‘fire in the belly’ to bring prosperity back to the Golden State.”

“Working to restore the economic prosperity of California’s Central Coast is one of my greatest priorities,” stated Gorell. “The partnerships we have built with the region’s Chambers of Commerce are making those goals possible. I look forward to the New Year and continued success.”

In 2012 Assemblyman Gorell was a leader in the effort to create the California Gold Team, an economic development coalition designed to attract businesses and jobs to the community. This project has already drawn interest from the aerospace community to develop the region into a research and manufacturing hub for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), an industry which is expected to grow dramatically over the next decade and provide thousands of new jobs.