ITT Campaign: Quarterly Report
Hot off the press - the winter edition of the "In This Together" investment campaign contributors' newsletter. It's rewarding to see the fruits of our labors and your dollars! The synergy linking individual investments is especially exciting. ACCE thanks you for providing the added resources required to make your national association all that it must be to help those who make communities and regions prosper.
Chamber Execs Prominent on Power Players List
Cincy, the magazine for business professionals in the Cincinnati Metro tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, published its Power 100 list in the February issue, and it turns out that the list features a substantial number of people connected to chambers of commerce, either as chamber executives or volunteer chairs.
Included on the list, alongside the likes of Proctor & Gamble President and CEO Bob McDonald, House Speaker John Boehner, and Cincinnati Reds CEO Robert Castellini, are:
- Steve Stevens, president, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
- Ellen van der Horst, president, CEO, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
- Brent Cooper, immediate past chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
- Alfonso Cornejo, president, Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati
- Sean Rugless, president, CEO, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce
- Matthew Van Sant, president, CEO, Clermont Chamber of Commerce
- Michael Fisher, president and CEO, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and former Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber president
- Joseph Hinson, president, CEO, West Chester, Liberty Chamber Alliance
Click here to view the entire list.
Chamber Wins 3 Emmy Awards
The Greater Memphis, Tenn., Chamber’s Communications & Programming Team recently brought home three Mid-South Emmy Awards in the Writing, Editing and Arts categories for “The Soundtrack Project.”
The Project, a series of eight documentary shorts – or movements – produced by the Greater Memphis Chamber, began in 2010 as a partnership between the Chamber and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The shorts bring together and highlight Memphis’ arts community and the local small business community through narrated stories and original music composed by symphony musicians.
“These multimedia movements serve as both a local point of pride and as a snapshot of Memphis’s business community for a global audience,” said John Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Memphis Chamber. “You really get a sense of the authentic and determined spirit of our small business owners when you watch each video.”
According to the chamber’s press release, the businesses featured in the Soundtrack Project were chosen by the Chamber’s Small Business Council. The businesses then shared their experiences with Running Pony Productions, John Hubbell, Lance Murphey and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra who worked together to produce the final movements. The Symphony assigned three of its composers to work with the team, sending them on factory visits, citizenship swearing-ins, helicopter flights and canoe rides, to name a few. Inspired by their interactions with the small businesses, the composers created original works, which when merged with the story, produced an insightful and honest movement for each short.
Perhaps more Emmys are in the chamber’s future? Following overwhelming positive response, the chamber plans to produce more Soundtrack Project documentary shorts in the future.
Stateline 2013 State of the States
Stateline recently released its 13th annual State of the States looking at what key issues legislatures are debating this year.
This was the year of big majorities in state houses.
States are climbing out of their budget deficits, but Washington’s budget woes might dampen the rebound.
States are moving faster than Washington on social issues.
The nation is still recovering from 2012’s natural disasters and the forecast for 2013 doesn’t look much better.
The Affordable Care Act will bring the U.S. closer than ever to universal health insurance. Just how close it gets will be up to individual states.
For Your Members: Unconstitutional NLRB Recess Appointments
As you may know, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in Noel Canning v. NLRB that three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unlawfully appointed in January 2012, and the NLRB therefore lacked a quorum to conduct official business. Small businesses may have NLRB matters pending or recently decided that may be affected by the Noel Canning decision. In some cases, employers must act fast to benefit from the decision. Here is a memorandum of the potential effects of the decision prepared by the law firm that successfully argued the case on behalf of the U.S. Chamber and Noel Canning.
Big business gets involved with corrections reform
The Texas Association of Business (TAB) has decided to make criminal justice reform a key focus of its legislative priorities. TAB is pushing to expand evidenced-based rehabilitation and corrections programs, reduce drug sentencing laws and modify some state licensing laws.
TAB President Bill Hammond says: “We’re sending too many people to the slammer. The taxpayers and the business community are both being harmed.”
The move is a part of a recent national trend favoring corrections reform, but TAB’s new role could be the biggest that business has played yet. TAB admits it lacks criminal justice expertise, but it favors “good public policy” and believes reforms to the current corrections system will help it stay competitive.
ACCE corrections reform resources:
Chamberpedia: Corrections Reform
Chamber Executive: Pitching Evidence Based Policy: Getting More Bang From Your State’s Buck