Did you know that making upgrades to your community’s environment can improve the health outcomes of your community? Your chamber or community may have added sidewalks, created pedestrian-only downtown spaces or host a local farmer’s market every weekend. Placemaking has traditionally been seen as an economic development strategy, but it also can be a community health strategy. No matter how your chamber implements placemaking, one thing is for sure; it makes your community the place to be.
The Billings Chamber (Mont.) is intentional about using placemaking as an avenue for better health outcomes in the community. Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Reiser CCE, IOM says, “Healthy placemaking means making the healthy choice the easy choice by being intentional about considering health when developing policies and systems.”
The Billings Chamber put this into action through their Trails Initiative. The chamber led the task force that increased and connected trails in the community. Billings went from having 15 miles of trails to 40 miles. Jennifer shares, “By including opportunities for physical activity and movement, we can also increase opportunities for social connectedness, thus affecting both the physical and mental health of our employees. We are encouraging our employers to use healthy placemaking as a tool for employee engagement and workforce development.”
If you are interested in learning more about healthy placemaking, the Inclusive Healthy Placemaking Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a helpful place to start. Below is a summary table from the Inclusive Healthy Placemaking Report on how to incorporate healthy placemaking in your community.
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Do you have healthy placemaking stories to share? We would love to hear from you. Email Emily Counts (email@example.com) to let us know what you are doing.
ACCE's 2019 40 Under 40
Emerging Leaders Shaping the Chamber Industry
ACCE is dedicated to recognizing and supporting the most talented professionals in the chamber industry. This new annual recognition program showcases 40 of the industry's best emerging leaders who have demonstrated success in their careers and made significant contributions in the communities they serve. The list includes CEOs and staff professionals from a wide variety of roles and chamber sizes. Their creativity, dedication and commitment to identifying innovative solutions will help shape the future of the chamber profession.
2019 Education and Talent Development Fellows
Abby Osborne, Salt Lake Chamber
Alesha Washington, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Alisha Benson, IOM, Greater Spokane Inc.
Allen Smith, CCE, Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce
Allison B. Walden, CFRE, IOM, Tulsa Regional Chamber
Amber Mooney, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
Andy Johnston, IOM, Grand Rapids Chamber
Beth A. Bowman, CCE, IOM, Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Celia Richa, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Christie Rogers, CMP, NKY Chamber
Corey Atkins, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
David Pruente, IOM, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Ellen Cutter, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Erin Aylor, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Erin Erkins, Boise Metro Chamber
Heather Valudes, Lancaster Chamber
James Reddish, CEcD, Little Rock Regional Chamber
Jessica Verderame, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Welch, IOM, Greater Irvine Chamber
Joe Murphy, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jonathan Long, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
Joshua Gunn, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Juliet Abdel, IOM, Westminster Chamber of Commerce
Kate Bates, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
Kate Lufkin, Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
Kelle Marsalis, CCE, IOM, Plano Chamber of Commerce
Kristin Craig, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce
LaKendria Robinson, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Lindsay Henderson, Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
Lindsay M. Keisler, IOM, CCEC, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Hermes, CCE, IOM, McKinney Chamber of Commerce
Mark Fisher, Indy Chamber
Paul Rumler, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
Sara Swisher, IOM, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, Greater Louisville Inc.
Sarah Moylan, Greater Omaha Chamber
Savannah Whitehead, Edmond Chamber of Commerce
Sherry Taylor, Mason Deerfield Chamber
Simone Thornton-Salley, IOM, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
Tim Giuliani, CCE, Orlando Economic Partnership
Applications for the next class of 40 Under 40 will be available in March of 2020 here.
Attracting Summer Talent to Rockport-Fulton
Rockport-Fulton is rising with a positive and quick recovery after Hurricane Harvey’s eye hovered over that community for more than 13-hours just 20 months ago. Employers of the Rockport-Fulton needed workers to fill positions in their community.
For the summer 2019, the Chamber ran a campaign called Build Your Resume at the Beach. Using their website, social media and other collateral, the Chamber encouraged job-seekers to apply for summer jobs on the coast. Job types include hotel staff, waiters, waitresses, breakfast clerks, cooks, general managers, massage therapists, landscapers, etc. A full chart of available jobs can be accessed through the link above.
“We are recovering at an impressive pace and are having a great summer. Our employers need to bring on more staff. We are encouraging anyone interested in summer jobs on the coast to get in touch with our employers,” said Diane Probst, President/CEO of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber thought this campaign would be attractive to young adults wanting to build their resume while still enjoying a great summer locale. Rockport-Fulton is surrounded by water on three sides, there is a mile-long beach, tons of outdoor recreation and lots of opportunities. In a tight labor market, finding new ways to sell your location to potential employees is important.
The Chamber provided both job listings and a listing of available housing on its campaign webpage. Interested candidates could then reach out directly to employers to set up interviews. Once they secured a job, they were able to easily find a place to stay for the summer. “It’s a great way to get some experience and help our employers get some relief at the same time,” said Probst.
For more information, visit Rockport-Fulton.org or call 1-800-242-0071 or 361-729-6445.
About the Chamber
The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce is a 5-star Chamber as recognized by the US Chamber of Commerce. The mission is to work in partnership with businesses, individuals and governmental entities to promote commerce and tourism while maintaining the environment. The Chamber works very closely with small businesses. It is PLANE-ly focused on promotion, leadership, advocacy, networking and the economy.