"In 2007, as an international convention director based in Berkeley with long commutes and regular air travel, I found opportunities to visit my parents in Chico after they relocated from the bay area. Weekends in Chico led to exploring Bidwell Park, the bike paths, and a slower pace of life. Eventually, I made the decision to move to Chico and my career path ultimately led me to the Chico Chamber of Commerce where I am now President & CEO. I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made all those years ago to work and live in the same town - a rarity in the bay area.
I take long bike rides on weekends, enjoy the parks with my family, and shop and dine locally. I found home when I found Chico, and I found my purpose in the space and time this lifestyle affords. This place has shown me what community means and I can’t imagine living anywhere else." -Katie Simmons, President & CEO at Chico Chamber of Commerce