Monday, February 10, 2014

I spent much of last year trying to figure out how to be in at least three places at once -- not an easy task! Given the fact that we continue to participate in so many community initiatives and discussions, I am pleased to share one of our greatest successes of the year thus far: the complete reconfiguration of our Legislative Action committee to include one liaison for each issue. Lisa Johnson with Transfer Flow, Chair of the Legislative Action committee, has taken on the role of airport liaison and Tom Lando is our liaison with higher education. Jolene Francis is representing the Chamber on the Mayor's Task Force on Community Services, and Angela Casler is our liaison on sustainable business. Kym Campbell will serve on the Fire Department Advisory Committee on our behalf, and we are setting up meetings to address ongoing City permitting concerns with multiple liaisons. Beau McSwain, our Chairman, will continue to lead our Board and Business Spotlight program, and Anastacia Snyder and Rick Anderson will lead our Membership committee. With each day that passes, we are connecting members of our business community with critical issues thereby increasing our ability to strengthen our local economy and grow jobs. We are now incredibly organized around what is most meaningful to the business community. We are also following up on the feedback we received through our 2014 Business Survey circulated at the Summit & State of the City Address last week. Share your thoughts here.  Want to get involved? Our Legislative Action committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30am, and our Membership committee meets the first Thursday of the month at noon. Both meetings are held at the Chamber. There's a spot for everyone at the table.