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Chamber Envisioned Future: Survey Results
October 2015

Hello. And welcome to At the Center.

In my last video message, I updated you on our Envision Future strategic planning process and asked you to be on the look-out for a survey from us that would help develop our thinking.

This month, I want to thank you for your insightful responses and report to you on the results of the survey, as I think they should be of interest to the entire business community.

For starters, I think it was both good and helpful news to realize that fully three-quarters of you believe that the economic health of the county is related to your business success. In other words, 75% of you acknowledge that we are all in this together; so working together to make things even better for our county’s future is seen as a no-brainer.

In that regard, the Chamber wants to capitalize on that spirit and leverage it for the benefit of everyone.

Related to this finding was that 60% of respondents supported the notion that The Chamber should consider spending more of its resources (and, to be clear, your resources!) to strengthen the overall business community, than we should be spending on individual member services.

Now, we are well aware that there is a fine-line in how we interpret that opinion in to action, but we do believe the broader concept of working toward an overall improved business climate that could help all businesses succeed needs to play a prominent role in our Envisioned Future plan.

Finally, more than 80% of you thought it was important or very important to have an organization focused on creating access to accelerate ideas, opportunities and solution. And, as such, this is the foundation on which we will be building our future plan.

With your support, we believe we can reposition The Chamber to be more nimble, to provide more and deeper connections and to present you with the ideas, opportunities and even solutions that you need to thrive in today’s marketplace.

In short, we are excited about our future because we are excited about yours. And we can’t wait to get started on that new partnership.

As always, we invite your thoughts on our future direction and look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time, stay informed, stay engaged and stay with us….At the Center.

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