• Chamber Executive 1000 Digest May, 2019

    Chamber Executive 1000 Digest
    May, 2019
     
    Here is this month’s news of interest from Chambers of Commerce over 1000 members and other chambers that lead the way.
     
     
    Crowdfunding campaign launched for Janet Jopke Tennis Park in Bay City
     
     
    $50,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative
     
     Bay City will soon have a new outdoor recreation facility through a crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Bay Community Tennis Association announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. 
     
    If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by June 3, 2019, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit: patronicity.com/bctennis.
     
    “This tennis park and greenspace is creating new opportunities for engagement in the Bay City community,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to provide resources for this effort through our Public Spaces Community Places program.”
     
    The Janet Jopke Tennis Park has been years in the making, born from a communal demand for usable tennis courts following the decay of decades-old courts. At one time there were nearly 50 tennis courts in Bay City – now very few are usable. This campaign will complete the park to include a greenspace, eight handicap accessible tennis courts, a building with a storage room and two ADA compliant restrooms, two parking lots, lots of shade trees and space for outdoor activities like yoga, dance and more. The tennis park’s facilities and accessibility will establish the space as a gathering area for public events, allowing the site to be used for far more than just tennis.
     
    "The MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program added legitimacy to our project through the professionalism it provided. In addition, it heightened awareness of our efforts by boosting local outreach,” said Joe Ricard, president of the Bay Community Tennis Association. “We wish we had been aware of the PSCP program years ago."
     
    Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at https://patronicity.com/puremichigan.
     
    “Providing engaging and accessible parks is key to great placemaking,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “This multi-use tennis park will enhance the community’s options for recreation as well as public event space.”
     
    The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of April 2019, MEDC has provided $6,269,44 1in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 203 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with more than $7 million raised from 38,945 individual donors.
     
    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit www.MichiganBusiness.org. For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at www.michigan.org. Join the conversation on: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.
     
     
    #Chamberheart: $114,000 Raised At Plainfield Giving Gala
     
    The Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Friends for Charitable Giving, a group of community minded volunteers, are pleased to announce that over $114,000 in net proceeds was raised at the 2019 Plainfield Giving Gala. Approximately three hundred guests attended the black tie affair which was held on Feb. 16 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. In addition to a formal dinner the event included an open bar, silent and live auctions, cash raffle and dancing to a ten piece orchestra.
     
    The mission of the Plainfield Giving Gala is to raise funds for charitable causes throughout the Plainfield area.
     
    "For our inaugural event, we are very pleased with the results and are truly grateful to our generous sponsors and everyone that attended and supported the Gala," said Ron Kazmar, who along with his wife Kathy was a co-chair of the 2019 Giving Gala. "A wonderful time was had by all raising money for those in need and we are looking forward to next year's Giving Gala which will be held on February 22, 2020 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club."
     
    Net proceeds from the 2019 Plainfield Giving Gala will be used to provide grants to local nonprofits that provide services primarily within the boundaries of Plainfield School District 202. Further information regarding the grants and how to apply for them will be available within the next few weeks on the website of the Plainfield Giving Gala at https://plainfieldgivinggala.org.
     
     
    Happy 50th NKY Chamber!!!
     

    Today April 1st, 2019 marks the 50th birthday of The NKY Chamber. To commemorate the occasion we have dug up an article from 1969... "At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, the Covington-Kenton-Boone Chamber of Commerce will meet at the Town and Country Restaurant, Park Hills. At the same time the Chamber of Commerce of Campbell County will meet at Glenn Schmidt’s Restaurant in Newport. Mark well that date; it must be a historic one.

    On that auspicious evening the 700 members of the two chambers will vote on a plan of consolidation already worked out by a joint committee. If they ratify the merger, the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will be born on the first day of April, 1969.

    For the first time in a century and a half, business and industry in this three-county area will be able to speak with a single strong voice. The old factionalism that has divided the very sources of economic strength in this unique community then will be out of vogue. The Licking River, one a kind of mental hazard barring effective area-wide action, will cease to exist except as a communal waterway.

    Already some leaders have hailed the new chamber as the first step toward a drawing together of public services and local governments in the area. There can be little doubt that the NKCC will quickly become a catalyst for further collaboration of groups and interests in such fields as transportation, river development, education, and industrial expansion.

    With the separatism that has sapped the region’s strength left far behind, the prospect for all citizens of Northern Kentucky is exciting, inspiring, and challenging. We of The Kentucky Post expect great accomplishments under the new, upgraded leadership of the Northern Chamber.

    The whole area owes a substantial debt of gratitude to Robert Shaffer, president of the Campbell Chamber; Gordon Martin, president of the Covington-Kenton-Boone Chamber, and to the joint committee members, Edwin Hengelbrook Jr., Henry Pogue, Howard Wendling, Walter Pieschel, Frank Middleberg, and Robert Tarwin. A hearty “Well done!” to these architects of consolidation."- The Kentucky Post, February 26th, 1969
     
     
     
    The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber 2019 Voice of Business

    The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber 2019 Voice of Business is available at the Chamber today! Thanks to Richard Kennedy and the chamber team for their help and direction putting this together!
     
    Top of Virginia Regional Chamber 2019 Voice of Business Community Guide
    Town Square Publications  (www.townsquarepublications.com) can help you accomplish your chamber's gloss map, directory, community profile or publication needs at no expense to the chamber. Please email John Dussman at jdussman@tspubs.com or call (847)-427-4633.
     
     
     
    General Motors to add second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs in Bowling Green
     
    General Motors announced Thursday they will be adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs at its Bowling Green, Ky. assembly plant to support production of the Next Generation Corvette, which will be revealed on July 18.

    “The Corvette’s iconic status owes so much to the men and women of Bowling Green, where it has been built exclusively for almost 40 years,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This is the workforce that can deliver a next generation Corvette worthy of both its historic past and an equally exciting future, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to its reveal on July 18.”

    The new jobs will push the plant’s total employment beyond 1,300.

    “What a great day for Kentucky. I often speak about how we are the engineering and manufacturing hub of America. Today, we’re wearing that title more boldly than ever,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “These new workers, together the plant’s current employees, will not only build the iconic Corvette and carry forward the nearly 40-year marriage between Corvette and Kentucky, but will also be members of the team that launches the technical tour-de-force, eighth-generation car off the production line and onto the global stage. Our commonwealth is incredibly proud to be the home of the Corvette. We are grateful to Mary Barra and GM for the relationship we share, and for this strong vote of confidence in Kentucky’s future.”

    Since 2011, GM has invested more than $900 million in Bowling Green. This includes investments towards a new body shop, increased engine capacity, new paint shop, a new Performance Build Center and additional plant upgrades.

    “The General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green is a tremendous asset to the region,” said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. “They are an integral part of our commonwealth’s thriving economy, we are excited about the job growth and look forward to their many more years of success in our community.” Read more: Lane Report

     
    #BestChamber practices: City of Ridgeland Chamber: Note from Linda Bynum on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week
     

    Dear Ridgeland Chamber Members:

     
    May 12 - 18 is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week across our country.  Here in Ridgeland, we want to show our dedicated Men and Women in Blue how much we appreciate them and the outstanding job they do keeping our homes and businesses safe.     

    We will be delivering goodie bags to the Ridgeland Police Department on Friday, May 17th.  Our (78) goodie bags, filled with our member's items, are always a big hit with our officers.  Here are suggestions of items our officers really like.  If you would rather make a financial donation, we would be happy to use those funds to purchase needed items for the (78) bags.
    •  
    • Cliff bars, protein bars or power bars
    • Peanuts
    • Granola bars
    • Beef jerky or turkey jerky
    • $5 coffee gift cards (CC's Coffee House, FUSION, Ridgeland Coffee Co., etc.)
    • $5 donut gift cards (Krispy Kreme, etc.)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Chapstick
    • Hand warmer packets
    • Pens
    • Potato chips
    • Nabs
    • Cheez-it
    • Kleenex
    • Gum
           
     We are most appreciative of any item you wish to donate.  Please have items (78) to us by Monday, May 12th.  The Chamber is located at 754 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland, MS.  Phone:  (601) 991-9996.

    Thank you for remembering our dedicated Ridgeland Police Officers.  Please help us show them our deep appreciation for the terrific job they do day and night.  And, thank you for your support of our dynamic Chamber and great City.


    Sincerely,

    Linda

     
     
    Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce: Take our Peer Solution Group Survey
     
    Are you looking for a little guidance from seasoned professionals, or a group to act as your sounding board? The Chamber's Peer Solution Groups aim to bring together professionals in a powerful, new way. These groups of dedicated business leaders will meet to share knowledge, collaborate and work together to collectively grow their businesses.
     
    The content for each group is driven by group members with the assistance of Chamber staff. Groups are organized by industry, geographic location or job responsibility.
    If you are interested in participating in one of these groups, please fill out the survey linked below.
     
    Peer Solution Group Interest Survey
     
     
    Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce To Host The 4th Annual Four Under 40 Achievement Awards On April 23
     
    The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) will host the Four Under 40 Achievement Awards during Business Unplugged on Tuesday, April 23 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Elements at Water Street located at 123 Water Street in downtown Naperville.  This event recognizes four young professionals in the Naperville community who demonstrate excellence in the following: Leadership in Community, Leadership in Business, Excellence in Career and Life Balance. 
     
    This luncheon will recognize the following honorees: Matt Doyle of Team Doyle/Hulsey CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc., Harley Jones of 360 Youth Services, Renee Miklosik of DuPage Children’s Museum and Catherine Ross of Ross Creative Works.  
     
    "When I look forward, supporting and mentoring our future leaders is crucial. This event allows us to celebrate and acknowledge their work in and around the community." said Nicki Anderson, NACC President/CEO.  “While going through the process of selecting this year’s recipients, it is clear that the future of our community looks bright
     
    Additionally, this event will feature keynote speaker, Katy Lynch, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Codeverse, the world’s first fully interactive coding school for kids, which was founded on the mission to teach one billion children to code.  Lynch will share her story of serial entrepreneurship.  From successes to failures and everything in between, Katy will share her lessons learned and what it took to go from start-up to scale-up. Prior to Codeverse, Katy was the CEO of Techweek, the nation's largest traveling technology festival, as well as the President and Co-founder of SocialKaty, a full service social media marketing agency.   In 2014, SocialKaty was acquired by award-winning digital agency, Manifest, creating one of the largest digital agencies in the Midwest. Katy is the recipient of the Smart Cookies Award by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago, and has appeared on Forbes, NBC, Inc, WGN, Huffington Post, FOX and Today.com, amongst others.
    The cost to attend is $25 for Chamber Members and $45 for Future Members.  To register, visit www.naperville.net or contact Kara Carpenter at 630.544.3360 or kcarpenter@naperville.net
     
    Future Wisconsin Summary & Report
     
    Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce released a report showing the breakdown of our state's workforce challenges in an effort to define the challenges and consider solutions.
    The report identified these in six areas: attracting and retaining talent, upskill of existing workers, improving career pathways, promoting apprenticeships/internships and work-based learning for students, promoting career awareness, and reaching disconnected groups. Read the Report 
     
     
    Award-Winning Landscaping Camp Rolls Out The Green Carpet! May 24-25th, 2019
     
    “We’re excited to say that this unique event has been a huge success its first two years attracting interest from all across the United States stated, Rosie Vassallo, Director of Retiree Attraction for the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation. We’re proud to boast in announcing in 2018 we earned the PRAM Award of Excellence, among public relations professionals in Mississippi under the Special Events Category.
     
    Campers will enjoy a personal tour of Ole Miss with Jeff McManus, whose expertise in landscaping has gained The University of Mississippi accolades of being named “The Most Beautiful Campus” by a number of national publications as well in Newsweek 2011 and in  USA Today’s Readers Choice 2016 competition.
     
    During the two day awarding-winning camp McManus will be rolling out the green carpet to show one how to achieve the most beautiful yard in the neighborhood, for less work! Among activities one will be able to immerse themselves on a tour of the beautiful Ole Miss Campus, learn some great practices from industry leaders and attend educational seminars that will help ignite the inner gardener in everyone, even those of us without a green thumb! We’re excited to announce our line-up of speakers along with McManus, Katherine Sharp, with the Farmstead at Woodson Ridge grows fresh flowers for the local and regional markets; Greg Pinion, Superintendent of Building and Grounds for the City of Oxford along with Dr. Ed Croom, retired botanist from the University of Mississippi and author of “The Land of Rowan Oak, An Exploration of Faulkner’s Natural Word.”
    To top it off, tours will also take place en route on the famous Double Decker Bus to the beautifully landscaped home of Bo and Jodie Marsalis which is maintained by McManus, as well as a tour of the City of Oxford.
    We are thrilled to announce our presenting sponsors which include The University of Mississippi, Visit Oxford, Grace Realty Group, The Inn at Ole Miss, Stages Mississippi Magazine and HottyToddy.com.
     
     
    Interested parties can learn more as well as register by going to http://oxfordms.com/retire-in-oxford/landscaping-camp/ or contact Rosie Vassallo by email at rosie@oxfordms.com or by phone 662-234-4651.
     
     
    16,000 collector cars and 275,000 people expected for the 15th Annual Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber 28th St. Metro Cruise, happening August 23rd and 24th
     
    The 28th Street Metro Cruise began in 2005. The Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce began the event to help drive business to the 28th Street corridor when M-6 opened on the south end of Grand Rapids. The cruise has been held every August since 2005.
     
    Cruising 28th Street, however, began a long time before the Chamber created this annual event. Cruisers have long considered 28th Street a memorable place for car lovers, particularly around the Roger’s Plaza area in Wyoming. Bringing car lovers together to celebrate this long-standing tradition was the foundation for the current event. And Cruisers have shown up in the thousands to reminisce. All types of vehicles are included in the event: hot rods, low riders, muscle cars, performance cars, classics, antiques, even motorcycles!
    Since 2005, the event has grown from 85,000 attendees the first year to over 250,000 in recent years. The number of participating vehicles attending each year is estimated at well over 15,000. People have come from all over the United States to attend and participate in this annual car-fest. It is an open event, without limits on the types of vehicles allowed and is a non-judicated event. In 2007 the event expanded from one to two days. The current event schedule runs on both Friday and Saturday.
    Each year, a team of volunteer Chamber members gather to plan, organize, and run the event. Proceeds from the event are used to help support Chamber programs.
    The 28th Street Metro Cruise only happens with the participation of Business Sponsors. It is an open, free-to-attend event. Each venue activity is paid for by valuable annual sponsors. Past venues have included a wide variety of activities such as the Metro Million – a show of high-end classic and antique collectible cars – and a Swap Meet, a Car Corral, Pinup Girl Contest, and Sock Hop. Celebrity Guests, a Manufacturer’s Midway, a Classic Car Auction, Entertainment Stages, Hop-Off Competitions, Dino Challenge and more have also popped in or popped up.
    The event is staffed by an awesome crew of volunteers. Some non-profits have helped with the many staffing needs, but most are people, like you, who have a love for the event and want to be a part of it. Each year we seek more volunteers as the cruise continues to grow. Whether directing traffic, guiding guests, or setting up and taking down equipment, there is a spot for everyone. More information: 28th Street Metro Cruise
     
     
    First, choose an incredible goal! Then create the path to achieve it! - Batavia Chamber of Commerce: Drive for 500!
     
    Name: Drive for 500!
    Date: April 2, 2019 - August 31, 2019
    Event Description:
     
    The Batavia Chamber of Commerce has seen significant growth over the past 5 years where we have gone from 280 members to 470 today. Because of this growth we have set a goal of 500 members by the end of August 2019. Who is eligible? Any new members that sign up with the Chamber or existing members who refer a new member sign up! Our raffle package is valued at over $500 and includes two tickets to a show at Paramount Theatre, $100 gift certificate to Acquaviva Winery and 2 bottles of wine, an overnight stay at My Place Hotel and to top it off, a basket of chocolate goodies from Fannie May Candy.




    Indy Chamber reveals videos from city's Amazon HQ2 bid package
     
    Indianapolis fell short in its bid to land Amazon's second headquarters, but the Amazon team apparently was impressed enough with the city’s HQ2 bid package that it was given to CEO Jeff Bezos to review personally.
    That’s according to Indy Chamber President Michael Huber, whose group led the effort to put the proposal together on behalf of the central Indiana region in 2017.
    Huber said his group has since learned from “multiple sources” that the local bid was “one of two that were personally handed to Jeff Bezos” by the Amazon team.
    Huber shared that tidbit—along with video elements of the region’s Amazon bid—at the chamber’s “state of the region” event Wednesday. Information about financial incentives offered to the tech behemoth remain under wraps.
    “We were in a sprint to try to put something together” for Amazon, Huber said of the fall of 2017, when Indianapolis joined more than 230 other cities or regions in applying to be the host site of the massive economic development project. Indianapolis was eventually named a top 20 finalist before northern Virginia and New York City won the bid. New York City was later dropped. 
    Huber said now that the process is over, the chamber is repurposing some of the materials it produced for Amazon to show other companies, and to use in general talent-attraction efforts.
     
    The video elements were accessible to Amazon officials on a website built for the bid, as well as on an iPad that was sent to the officials in a custom leather box, which also contained summary information about the bid, according to chamber spokesman Joe Pellman. Read more: INdianapolis Business Journal



    The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research to Join Together to Promote Technology Based Economic Development for the Lynchburg Region
     
    The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (the Alliance) and the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) today announced an agreement to work together in a joint effort to develop a technology based economic development plan for the region. One of the goals in the LRBA’s 2019 strategic plan is to create and implement an innovation and tech based economic development plan. Research on successful technology clusters points to several elements that are critical to building a technology-based economy. These elements include sources of knowledge creation (R&D), spillovers of knowledge (technology commercialization), physical infrastructure such as broadband, a technically skilled workforce, access to capital and an entrepreneurial culture.
     
    Under a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two organizations, the Alliance and the CAER will work together to jointly develop and implement a plan that leads to increased levels of innovation-based activities, an increase in the size and quality of the support network providing technical solutions for science, engineering and technology companies in the region and the state, and improvement in the quality of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce in the region and Virginia.
     
    “This joint effort will combine the technical resources of the CAER with the economic development resources of the Alliance to drive the economic growth of existing and prospective technology-based employers in the region and Virginia” states Megan Lucas, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance. “This plan supports the Alliance’s business expansion, retention and new job creation initiatives while connecting people and businesses. Growing and sustaining a dynamic regional economy is at our core.” she added.
     
    The Agreement includes a more detailed statement of work that addresses not only the development of the work plan, but also specific projects and programs needed to support this plan, fostering innovative partnerships and relationships in the region and the Commonwealth among public institutions of higher education, private companies, federal laboratories, and not-for-profit organizations, and assisting the Commonwealth’s Economic Development programs to bring science, engineering and technology businesses into the Lynchburg region.
     
    Bill Guzek, President of the CAER board states that “we are excited to team with the Alliance as part of this agreement. We believe together we can enhance the value of both organizations for supporting technology growth in this region.”
     
    “The idea of building out initiatives that lead to increased innovation such as new product development, technology commercialization, technology transfer, technology business start-ups and growth, along with the supporting applied research and development is exciting” added Bob Bailey, Executive Director of the CAER. “The potential for this region has always been high.”
     
     
     
    Birmingham Bloomfield 2018-2019 Membership Directory and Community Resource Guide 

    The Birmingham-Bloomfield 2018-2019 Membership Directory and Community Resource Guide is available at the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce today! Thank you to Joe Bauman and the Chamber team for their help and direction putting this together!
     
    Birmingham-Bloomfield 2018-2019 Member Directory
     
    Town Square Publications (www.townsquarepublications.com) can help you accomplish your chamber's gloss map, directory, community profile or publication needs at no expense to the chamber. Please email John Dussman at jdussman@tspubs.com or call (847)-427-4633.
     
    Gov. Phil Bryant farewell at chamber event: See video and photo gallery
    The Mississippi Economic Council, the state's chamber of commerce, held its annual luncheon Thursday celebrating 70 years as an organization.
     
    The event honored high-achieving high school students and featured live music and a speech by Gov. Phil Bryant. Bryant, who noted this will be his last speech at the luncheon as governor, said he's glad to be wrapping up his second term as governor. Bryant joked he's looking forward to being "homeless and unemployed" come January. See video: Clarion Ledger
     
     
    It’s time to tell the story of Cedarburg!
     
    Our strategy is to “celebrate what people love about Cedarburg in everything we do.” Telling our story consistently is the key and the reason for the initiative and the materials provided. Not only do you have a strong story and theme to use but also a new logo and tag line.
     
    Below is the link to our Brand Navigator. In it, you will find a summary of the research, insights, and conclusions resulting in our brand story, tag line and logo as well as hundreds of creative ideas on how to incorporate these materials to help your business or organization. You may use the deliverables in advertising, on your website, in your social media platforms, or on products you sell, menu items, etc.
    Be creative and have fun!
     
    We look forward to your participation and use of the materials, email branding@ci.cedarburg.wi.us if you have any questions.
     
    Cedarburg Brand Navigator
     
     
    Aurora Regional Chamber's Joseph Henning to Step Down for New Role
    Andy Guzauskas, board chair for the Aurora Regional Chamber, has announced that Joseph Henning, IOM, CAE, president and CEO, has resigned his position to accept a similar role out of state.
     
    “While the board and I are sad to lose Joe,” Guzauskas adds, “we appreciate the leadership and passion for the community that Joe has exhibited during the 14 years he served the chamber. We absolutely wish him the best in his new role.”
     
    “The opportunity to serve the Aurora Regional Chamber, its membership, and the community for the past 14 years has been the professional experience of a lifetime,” Henning states. “I am thankful for the personal and professional growth this organization and its leadership has allowed me.”
     
    Among the accomplishments of his tenure, the chamber reports:
    The chamber was named Illinois Chamber of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives;
    It achieved consecutive five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber Foundation in 2012 and 2017;
    It added programs and services to provide benefit to members;
    It urged the establishment of a public-private partnership (Invest Aurora) to spearhead economic development efforts;
    It coordinated collaborations with education, business, and government to combine resources and reduce duplication of services; and
    It established workforce development priorities to include the voice of employers.
     
    “Workforce development and education attainment have long been a passion of mine,” Henning states. “Working with educational institutions and employers to identify opportunities and find solutions to our employers’ needs continues to be one of the most exciting experiences.”
     
    From the established Pathways to Prosperity and Manufacturing Careers Internship Program to the newer Second Chance program, supporting students with disabilities, and the upskilling of current employees, the Aurora Regional Chamber and its many collaborative partners have established itself as a leader in providing solutions to a nationwide issue, Henning adds.
     
    “I will be forever grateful for the team members, board members, volunteers, and community leaders that have been champions for the Aurora region with me,” Henning concludes. “The Chamber is a remarkable place to work. The region is a wonderful community in which to live. It is a perfect time for the Chamber to bring in fresh leadership. I look forward to following the continued impact that the Aurora Chamber accomplishes.”
     
    Henning’s last day will be Friday, May 24, 2019.
     
    Guzauskas states the board is currently working on the details of a transition plan with Henning and will begin a search in the near future.​
     
     
    Shenandoah Valley named among top emerging industrial markets in 2019
     
    The Shenandoah Valley was the only Virginia region to be listed in the “10 Emerging U.S. Industrial Markets to Watch in 2019” assessment produced by multibillion-dollar commercial real estate firm Colliers International.

    “The fact that our market was the only one in Virginia is certainly a very positive sign for us, and we will certainly market that,” said Brian Shull, the director of economic development for Harrisonburg.

    The Valley region is expected to rise from a secondary to a primary logistics market, according to a quote in the list from John Lesinski, the executive vice president of Colliers International’s Northern Virginia office.

    Some of the Shenandoah Valley’s strengths listed by Colliers include growth potential, a large labor force and rail access to the Port of Baltimore and Port of Virginia.

    The progress of local development is also discussed in Colliers’ assessment. Historically, new construction in the Shenandoah Valley has lingered around 1 million square feet. The area of new development in 2018 almost doubled to 1.8 million square feet.

    If all 3.3 million square feet of 2019’s newly planned development is completed, it would be a record year, according to the assessment.

    New businesses need a workforce to fill their staffing needs, and the educational institutions of the Valley help to provide a vast and educated pool of workers, Shull said.

    “I think the fact that the I-81 corridor is really an education corridor as well plays into that,” he said. “You have an amazing pipeline for a future workforce.”

    “When you combine that the great access that Interstate 81 provides, it’s easy to see why we were selected,” Shull added.

    The proximity to the markets of the Baltimore, the Washington, D.C., metro area and the Ohio Valley is also highlighted in Colliers’ list.

    “We provide quick and easy access to those markets, but the cost out here is significantly lower,” Shull said.

    Annual asking rental rates in the Shenandoah Valley are $1 per square foot below the national average, according to Colliers. Although local prices have risen, as Colliers notes, 2018 finished with an average price of $4.27 per square foot per year.

    “I have heard that our per square foot price is less than the national average,” said Casey Armstrong, director of community development for Rockingham County.

    The costs may be lower because of the local government encouragement of industrial development, he said.

    Frank Tamberrino, president and CEO of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, said Colliers International’s expertise and unbiased approach provide more legitimacy to the economic strength and potential of Shenandoah Valley. Read more: The Winchester Star
     
     
    Dubuque Area Chamber: Administrative Professional Appreciation Luncheon
     
    Join Us Wed., April 24!
     
    Join us for lunch and entertainment at this year's Administrative Professional Luncheon on April 24 at Diamond Jo Casino. Let us make this year's Administrative Professional Day extra special for those key employees who keep our offices running effortlessly!
     
    New this year, we will be honoring one person as our Administrative Professional of the year. To nominate someone, please follow this link to our website and answer the questions at the bottom of the page. Nominations are due by April 15.
     
    Administrative Professional's Day was created in 1952 to recognize the importance and value of the administrative professional position to the management of a company or business.
     
    Jeremy Nunes has often been referred to as “Comedy’s Next Great Storyteller”. His act has been in demand nationwide for over 15 years and drawn rave reviews from critics for his clever observations, unique storytelling style, and ability to improvise with his audience.
     
    After winning $200 in a local comedy competition, the 6’6” comedian left the rural, Southern Illinois life behind to explore the comedy scene in Chicago. Once in Chicago, it was at The Second City and iO Comedy Theaters that he first developed the “front porch” comedy that is now a staple of his act. He has appeared in “The Layover,” “The Break-Up,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Final Witness,” 2 PBS mini-series, Comcast on Demand, a National Geographic Special & heard on Sirius/XM and ESPN Radio. He still brings his front porch show to comedy clubs, fundraisers, churches, corporate events, colleges, casinos, country clubs, bars, charity events, and any place with a stage. He also hosts the award winning “Back Table Podcast” on iTunes.
     
    He has since returned to his rural hometown where his parents manage a trailer park. Though he really wants to cash in on that goldmine, he continues to tour instead. He’s got great stories about rural life, working as a small-town Mayor, marriage and raising kids, and his wisecracking Dad. Plus, hear the songs and impressions that put him on the “Bob and Tom” radar! This one of a kind act is a must see and we can't wait to see you there!
    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
     
     
    Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Aims To Address ‘Pillars of Rural Prosperity’ With New Legislation Agenda
    Business leaders across the area are focused on tackling key issues hampering economic development in Northern Michigan.
    The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is made up of nearly 8,000 members of the region’s business community unveiled their legislation agenda for the next two years.
    They outlined what they call the four pillars of rural prosperity.
     
    •  Rural business development.
    •  Talent attraction to rural areas.
    •   Rural and small city housing development
    •    And access to quality child care.
     
    “There are just a lot of problems we as chambers have commonalities with. We do better when we come together,” Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Taylar Akin, said.
    The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is made up of nine local chambers of commerce, spanning 14 counties in Northern Michigan.
    Their agenda?
    To work through complex policy issues with lawmakers to benefit rural areas across the state and address those four key issues.
    “It gives us guiding principles so when we are in Lansing and talking with local legislators that we are able to say hey these are the four things that are super important and hot topics for us right now,” Akin, explained.
    “All of our members together are struggling with these same issues, so it gives a larger voice and presence in Lansing when bills come up,” she, added.
    The four pillars are issues, largely intertwined.
    “We are going to need some state support to make this work, otherwise it just can’t happen,” Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce President Carlin Smith, said.
    Though Smith believes the biggest one is the lack of affordable housing.
    “Obviously it’s all about talent and we need to attract talent to Northern Michigan, but I think housing is the component of the talent attraction, which might be our greatest barrier,” Smith, said.
    Barriers that can be broken with help; and with teamwork the voice of businesses in rural Michigan will now likely be louder in Lansing than ever before.
    “What we need to do in rural communities is to find a way to become competitive collectively with more urban centers, to try and bring workers and professionals to our region,” Smith, said. Read more: 9 and 10 NEWS
     
     
     
    Greater Hattiesburg Mississippi  Membership Directory and Business Guide 2018-2019
     
    The Greater Hattiesburg Mississippi  Membership Directory and Business Guide 2018-2019 is available at the Area Development Partnership in Hattiesburg! Thank you to Chad NewellValencia Williamson and the Chamber team for their help and direction putting this together!
    Hattiesburg Membership Directory and Business Guide 2018-2019
     
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    Amplify Oshkosh Event - What is Block Chain & How does it Work?
    Ideas Amplified –What is Block Chain & How does it Work
    When: Thursday, April 25th, 5:30-7pm
    Where: Fox River Brewing Company – 1501 Arboretum Drive
    Registration Fee $10


    Blockchain is currently a very hot topic and is part of a disruptive technology that is accelerating at a rapid pace. Are you wondering what Blockchain is and how it works? Maybe you are wondering how it affects you and the challenges and opportunities it presents. Join us as Javad Ahmad from Smart IS International will explain how Blockchain will change the way digital services are provided and where the technology is headed.  
    2019 Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Foundation Scholarship Program

    The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber, through its recognized 501(c)(3) Foundation, plans to award several scholarships to seniors graduating from area high schools and pursuing postsecondary studies at a community college, four-year accredited university or trade school within the state of Michigan.
     
    Eligible high school seniors must either be employed by a Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber member business, or be an immediate family member of an employee of a Chamber member business. Up to four scholarships valued at up to $2,500 will be awarded on an annual basis.
     
    This is an annual scholarship program authorized by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Foundation Board of Directors funded by donations and proceeds from Foundation activities and grants by the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber. Awards will be sent directly to the school of the winner’s choice upon completed student enrollment in that institution.
     
    Applicants must complete the attached application and write a 600-word essay for consideration of the scholarship. No interviews are planned. The Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Foundation Scholarship Committee will review applications and essays as part of the selection process.
     
    Scholarship winners must use the award during the 2019-20 academic year. Failure to use the scholarship in a timely fashion will result in forfeiture of the award. These scholarships are open to full-time and part-time students. Financial need will not be factors in the selection process.
     
    For more information, call Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber Foundation President Joe Bauman at (248) 430-6135, or email at joeb@bbcc.com.
     
     

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