• President's Corner

  • Articles, comments and information straight from our Chamber president & CEO, Craig Whitney.

    The holiday season is always a favorite time of year, as it provides time to pause and reflect. As we look at our chamber and our community, there is much to be proud of and thankful for. We continue to see growth and successes in our metro economy, small business support, educational environment, entrepreneurial ecosystem, workforce solutions and pride for this great region we call home.

    Heading into a month centered around thankfulness, it is fitting to reflect on the unparalleled dedication our service men and women and their families have for the missions they carry out on our behalf. It is for this reason that we at The Chamber work so hard to advocate for and honor these individuals and their families.

    You’ve heard me reference The Chamber’s new fiscal year, which started September 1. As we’ve begun heading into this year, we have exciting plans we can’t wait to share with you.

    As we begin the transition from summer to fall, as students return to school and those lovely lake weekends start to slow, we also turn over a new leaf. With the start of The Chamber’s fiscal year on Sept. 1, we’re excited to usher in a new year of our own. This year marks the start of our newest three-year strategic plan. Our three main strategic priorities, as outlined in the plan, are as follows.

    It’s August, which means it’s the last month of another fiscal year for us at The Chamber. As our team is full steam ahead on planning the Annual Meeting, it’s impossible to not be proud of what our chamber has done this past year, and excited for what is to come.

    2019 has already ushered in a reason to celebrate, as it will be the 10th anniversary edition of our Voices of Vision event series. I am so proud to say that over the first nine years of hosting this event, it’s clear that we have found success.

    May 22nd was a particularly exciting day last month, as over a year of preparation and work behind the scenes was revealed publicly in a press conference. Fueling Our Future is now launched!

    Increasingly, education at all levels is becoming more vital than ever as we face advances in technology, the ever-changing makeup of our workforce, and most importantly, the workforce gap experienced by employers in our region.

    We know there are a range of opinions regarding the FM Diversion. While we respect the differences in views, we also remain firm in our support of the Diversion as the best way to protect our community.

    Things at the Chamber offices have been pretty busy lately. Of course we’re always up to a lot, but right now we are on the cusp of many new and exciting plans. We can’t say much about everything yet, but I’ll outline just a few major projects below. Stay tuned to find out more about everything!