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Chambers Host Health Care Debates

Ian Scott on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 6:54:22 pm

Several chambers have hosted immensely successful health care focused events over the past several weeks.  In the process they are meeting a demand for information about the highly controversial topic of health care reform, and positioning themselves as a community thought leader for many people who may have never been to a chamber of commerce event before.  Here are a few examples:

  • Greater Raleigh (NC) Chamber- Just before they hosted over 900 Chamber Execs from across the country, the Raleigh Chamber had a hugely successful Health Care Forum on July 24.  Their event featured a recap of federal legislation and a round-table discussion with representatives from the pharmaceutical, insurance, medical device and hospitals.  Click to watch video of the event.

  • Green Bay (WI) Area Chamber - Green Bay was one of the first communities to host a town hall meeting with their Congressman.  Since then, the Chamber has planned a follow-up meeting set for nest Tuesday in a large public auditorium at our performing arts center.  The chamber is co-sponsoring this free event with a local medical society and the event will featuring a panel of experts, including Chamber president and former Mayor Paul Jadin and health care professionals.  It will be moderated by a former public radio personality.

  • Lubbock (TX) Chamber - The Lubbock Chamber helda health care community round-table on Aug. 25. A week before the event they had change venue to accommodate the number of registrants for this free event.  They ended up with roughly 1,000 in attendance.   

There is huge potential in these events.  Revenue potential if you decide to charge attendees, but also opportunity to forge new partnerships and position your organization as a proactiveleader on public policy for the community that extends beyond your membership.  Consider hosting one of these events, call ACCE and ask for Ian if you'd like to discuss. 

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