Chamber Holds Retreat to Look Forward and Set Priorities

Incorporated February 14, 1913, “The purpose of the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Inc. shall be: to develop, encourage, promote, and protect the commercial, industrial, professional, financial and general business interests of the region; to promote the civic interests and to improve the quality of life in the region.”

Chamber Board members and staff recently met for a full day of planning to set priorities for 2014 and 2015. The Board “retreat” was held at the recently renovated Canoe Club in West Bridgewater. It was facilitated by Bridgewater State University Vice President Bryan
Baldwin. More than twenty attended the session where Chamber Chairman, Bill Morse of Mutual Bank, led the discussion regarding the importance of the Chamber to the future of the region.

Strategy sessions were conducted in areas of importance such as membership services, political advocacy, community advancement and economic development. In addition, the Chamber’s Centennial Celebration, Careers in Health Initiative, Regional Economic Development Partnership, Education Foundation and Competitive Workforce Division were all discussed. Additional sessions centered on SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats), Recruiting, Engaging & Retaining Members and Helping Members Thrive in a Challenging Economy. The priorities below are in part a result of Board planning activities and will be incorporated into strategic plans going forward.

Vision: To be the organization of choice for Metro South business professionals
Mission: To ensure the economic advancement of the Metro South region

Lead on Issues of Regional Economic Infrastructure Importance

  • Endorse – Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity/Coordination
  • Gauge – Impact of Commuter Rail Expansion Implementation
  • Promote – Desalinated Water Supply as Regional Resource
  • Facilitate – Economic Target Area Expansion and Coordination
  • Create – Regional Brand, Awareness and Promotion

Attract, Train and Retain a Competitive Workforce

  • Connect – Competitive Workforce/Economic Development
  • Pursue – English For All Workers Initiative to Reduce Backlog
  • Expand – Higher Education Initiative Involvement and Support
  • Support – Quality Housing, Education and Health Care Entities
  • Sponsor – Career Ladder Training /Human Resources Seminars

Collaborate for a Climate Conducive to Competitive Commercial Development

  • Endorse – Gateway Cities Incentives for Sustainable Development
  • Advocate – Attractive Commercial/Industrial Tax Rate Implementation
  • Operate – Business Assistance Center and Edison Small Business Incubator
  • Present – Small Business Seminar Series to Strengthen Business Start-ups
  • Attract – Life Sciences, Green/Clean Production and Energy Industries

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