From my frequent conversations with your friends and peers since Labor Day, it has seemed that most of you have been hard at work for months to ensure 2012 success. Whether through the ‘creative writing’ of modern budgeting, or through thoughtful (ruthless!) chamber program evaluation, I think all of you are well into the New Year already.
We’ve got a lot of work to do in 2012. The economy may or may not continue to recover. The election may or may not produce dramatic policy changes. Greece and the Euro may hinder your work, or not. The weather? New energy discoveries? Rival organizations? Consumer attitudes? Helpful(?) mayors and editors? Seismic disturbances? Supreme Court decisions? Whatever comes at you or your members, you’ll deal with it. Chambers always have and always will.
I am enormously grateful that you will be there for ACCE, your members and the regions of North America in the important year to come. And, I hope you’ll call on us for help when you need ideas, connections and opportunities. Onward in 2012!