DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has selected Santa Monica College as the recipient of its 2012 Economic Excellence Award, which will be presented during the annual State of the City event on Jan. 26.

“Santa Monica College has been a stabilizing economic force as one of the city’s largest employers and most active community partners,” said Laurel Rosen, chamber president.

The college was cited for its large workforce as well as its job training and educational programs.

Other honorees will include virtual office space provider CoLoft, which will receive the Innovation Award for assisting entrepreneurs and startups, and Brad Cox, senior managing director of Trammell Crow Co., who will receive the Leadership Award for creating collaboration between Santa Monica businesses and government. Cox is also the chair of the Santa Monica Alliance and vice chair of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

The State of The City event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the SGI-USA World Culture Center at 525 Wilshire Blvd. For more information, visit

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