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Weekly Roundup - January 22, 2021
Time to Come Together
After a bitter and contentious election, we have a new administration in Washington, DC and at least 70 new members of congress. Chambers of commerce across the country are assessing the landscape, building relationships and promoting their priorities to elected officials at all levels of government.
For many years, chambers of commerce have played a key role in united the communities they serve around common objective. With our fractured politics, this role is more important than ever.
“As we continue to move forward into 2021, we have the opportunity to unite all our voices and work together toward a strong future as one country,” said ACCE Chair Jay Byers, CCE, IOM, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “We must focus on the betterment of our nation and our people by innovating, collaborating and working across the aisle. With integrity and civility, we can impact economic recovery, strengthen our communities and find common ground to move our country forward together.”
New Book for Chamber Pros
2020 ACCE Life Member honoree Dave Adkisson, is releasing his book next Tuesday, January 26. It is titled Horseshoes vs. Chess: A Practical Guide for Chamber of Commerce Leaders.
Dave spent more than 40 years in the chamber industry. With experience leading small city, metro city and state chambers, Adkisson has distilled (see what I did there Kentucky) his experience into a collection of stories and lessons that he wished he had when he entered the business. This book will help chamber professionals be more effective chamber and community leaders.
For those of you who read on a Kindle, there will be a special launch on January 26 at noon EST where you can purchase the book for just 99 cents during the first two days after launch. There will be a sale on paperback copies as well. Follow Dave on Twitter for updates.
Challenges with Virtual Strategic Planning
ACCE CEO peer group calls this week highlighted the challenges of strategic planning and volunteer leader engagement during a time when you have to hold your planning meetings virtually. How can you make the most of your virtual time together and ensure the same level of collaboration and idea generation as you enjoyed when you could meet in person?
What strategies have worked for your chamber? Please share with me, and we’ll compile a list of the best ideas.
#ChamberStrong Examples of New Mission-Based Initiatives
- New Longview Chamber of Commerce collaboration aims to grow manufacturing skills to supply capabilities for the existing East Texas industry base, attract new industry and provide students with pathways to industrial jobs that will earn competitive wages
- The Rockford Chamber and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council believe coming together under one umbrella organization will will help the organizations work together on common goals like business attraction, business retention and workforce development, and it will allow for stronger advocacy on issues favorable to business. Learn more about the unification strategy and structure.
- Valerie Patton sets her sights on talent and diversity with Greater St. Louis, Inc., a newly merged entity comprised of five of the region’s largest civic groups.
- In an interview with RDG, Anna Lebesch, Ed.D., vice president of talent development for the JAXUSA Partnership discusses the JAXUSA's Talent Advancement Network (TAN), a network of the Jacksonville, Florida region’s top talent decisionmakers and education providers that work to ensure education platforms are aligned with industry needs.
- The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance signed on to the United Way’s Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge, journey of learning and self-discovery that aims to help develop more effective social justice habits around issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.
- The Columbia Chamber of Commerce in Missouri is launching the Workforce Development Division to retain talent in Columbia and to build a workforce for tomorrow.
- The Dallas Regional Chamber launched the Best Place for Working Parents™ Dallas, a new initiative, to recognize family-friendly workplaces in the Dallas Region and raise awareness of the importance of family-friendly benefits and policies.
- The Charles County Chamber in Maryland formed a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to increase diversity within the chamber’s leadership, expand outreach to minority-owned businesses and provide targeted training and resources to historically marginalized businesses.
What We’re Reading
- The Public Affairs Council interviewed experts from the political and public affairs realm to identify potential policy pivots under the new administration.
- A new Korn Ferry report explores strategies for companies to transform their workforces to prepare for a post-COVID future.
- CivicLab Chosen by Lumina Foundation to Serve and Expand Talent Hubs Network.
- Facebook released the sixth update to its Global State of Small Business Report, which highlights ongoing uncertainty and challenges, while also showcasing the optimism, creativity and resilience of small business owners.
- Chief Executive magazine’s latest poll of more than 230 CEOs finds optimism in 2021 business conditions on track and steady after the tumult of 2020.
- Bruce Katz, author of The New Localism, and his colleagues explore what cities should expect and how they can prepare for new stimulus from the Biden Administration.