COVID 19 Updates
Weekly Roundup - March 26, 2021
- The San Diego Regional Chamber launched the Time To Vaccinate campaign to encouraging employers to provide time and flexibility to employees to get vaccinated
- The Frederick County Chamber in Maryland announced an expanded and enhanced curriculum for its Leadership Frederick County profit in partnership with Hood College’s doctoral program, embedding graduate-level leadership masterclasses into the curriculum.
- North Orange County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Theresa Harvey was named 65th Assembly District’s 2021 Woman of the Year by California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton). Congratulations Theresa!
- The Moore County Chamber of Commerce in North Carolina recently moved into new space and took advantage of the opportunity to offer up their conference room and gathering area to the community as a collaborative workspace.
- The Alameda Chamber of Commerce in California recently launched a 501(c)(3) foundation to support the chamber's educational and charitable programs focusing on business, leadership, and community challenges/development.
- Jennifer Tavares, President of the Tompkins County Chamber in New York, provided an update on the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion work during a recent episode of WHCU’s All Things Equal podcast.
- The brainchild of a Grand Rapids Chamber coalition effort, a new child care pilot program is being launched in Michigan to assist lower-income workers with affordable and accessible child care.
- The Maryland Chamber Foundation teamed up with George Mason University and Amazon to provide computer science externships to 20 teachers.
- The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and the city launched Ready.Set.Philly!, a collaborative initiative to promote a safe return to Philadelphia for work and play.
- Harris Poll: A new Harris Poll report examines changes in American sentiment across a variety of issues over the last 12 months. The results are based on 55 waves of weekly surveys.
- Morning Consult: Since the pandemic was declared just over a year ago, Morning Consult has fielded more than 400 surveys, gathering roughly 895,400 responses. This year in review explores how the pandemic has altered Americans’ way of life and their views of the world.
- Bloomberg CityLab: The National League of Cities has been monitoring policy changes in America’s largest 100 cities and identified two trends that could outlast the pandemic: policies to boost public space and housing.
- Smart Cities Dive: A new report from Knight Foundation highlights the power of adaptive public spaces as a platform for community development.
- NYT: The pandemic has pushed mass transit ridership and revenue off a cliff.
- Cities Today: Several U.S. cities are on the verge of launching pilot guaranteed income programs.
Weekly Roundup - March 12, 2021
American Rescue Plan Act Signed Into Law
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed into law this week. The law makes an additional $7.25 billion available for the Paycheck Protection Program and expands eligibility to most 501(c) nonprofit organizations. It does not, however, change the program's March 31 expiration date.
The law also extended the Employee Retention Tax Credit to December 31, 2021 and continued the extra $300 in extra weekly unemployment benefits through September 6, 2021.
Other key provisions include
- $1.25 billion for a grant program for shuttered venues.
- $25 billion for a new restaurant revitalization program.
- $350 billion in state and local aid.
- $300 in extra weekly unemployment benefits through September 6, 2021.
Here is an overview of other key provisions from our friends at ASAE.
In other PPP news, the Small Business Administration released guidance to clarify the definition of "lobbying activities" as it related to PPP eligibility for 501(c)(6) organizations. Learn more here.
#ChamberStrong Initiatives and Programs
- The Buffalo Niagara Partnership launched an online petition to urge state government leaders to include essential manufacturing sector workers in New York’s COVID-19 1b vaccination group.
- The Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce in Pennsylvania teamed up with Allegheny Health Network earlier this month on an event at the Monroeville Convention Center that provided COVID-19 vaccinations to 5,100 people in one day.
- Grand Rapids Chamber’s director of inclusion Ken James earned a prestigious Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching through the Coach Diversity Institute earlier this week. Congrats, Ken!
- The Seymour Chamber in Indiana launched a mural project to commission an artist to paint the side of its building. The goal is to provide a colorful and eye-catching piece of public art to enhance the downtown area and elevate the experience for those visiting the recently revitalized Burkhart Plaza.
- The Culver City Chamber in California launched DiscoverCulver.com earlier this month to promote tourism and commerce in Culver City during a vital time in the pandemic’s recovery phase.
- The La Crosse Area Chamber in Wisconsin launched a community-wide talent attraction campaign, aimed at attracting more top-quality employees to relocate, live and work in its community.
- The city of Nixa, Missouri named Nixa Area Chamber President & CEO Chris Russell 2020 Nixa Citizen of the Year. Russell was recognized his role in helping to guide the community through the COVID pandemic.
- The Greater Omaha Chamber is pleased to see several projects that could provide improved transit options, connectivity and walkability for the city’s residents. “There is a growing interest and desire to focus on walkability, bikeability and public transit,” said Stephen Osberg said, director of transportation development for the chamber.
- The Rowan County Chamber in North Carolina will host a Salute to Agri-Business to highlight the importance of the industry to the region’s economy.
- The Queens Chamber in New York announced a new collaboration with the NYC Family Enterprise Center to support family-owned businesses that have been hard hit by the COVID crisis.
What We’re Reading
- Korn Ferry: The way organizations interact with their customers, employees, and society at large is changing at breakneck speed. Organizations must learn how to improve, build on wins to generate momentum and move into a state of continual transformation.
- Heartland Forward: Bright, educated millennials are heading into the heartland in search of opportunity, affordable housing and the chance to live where they feel they can make a difference.
- Bloomberg CityLab: Don’t flatten the curve on urban innovation. Just because an end to COVID is in sight, cities shouldn’t abandon the bold ideas and actions that made a recovery possible.
- MultiState: Earlier this month, Virginia became the second state in the U.S. to pass a comprehensive data privacy law. Will other states follow suit?
- NYT: In statehouses, stolen-election myth fuels a G.O.P. drive to rewrite rules.
- Brookings: From commitments to action - How CEOs can advance racial equity in their regional economies.
- The New Localism: The American Rescue Plan was signed into law and it contains substantial flexible resources for cities and counties. Bruce Katz explores the challenges of finding the most efficient and equitable way to deploy the funding.
Weekly Roundup - February 26, 2021
#ChamberStrong Initiatives & Ideas
- Second chance hiring advocate and friend of ACCE Jeffrey Korzenik, chief investment strategist for Fifth Third Bank, recently spoke to NC Chamber about the benefits and best practices for business leaders considering second chance hiring strategies.
- The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is moving forward with plans to open the West Alabama Workforce and Community Development Center, a one-of-a-kind facility in Alabama that will house the chamber and West Alabama Works, along with numerous partner workforce and community development organizations.
- The Southwest Indiana Chamber is merging with two other economic development agencies to form the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership. The merger will take effect April 1.
- In a recent op-ed Williamson Inc. president and CEO Matt Largen called on the community to rally around its nonprofits, as their service to friends, families and neighbors is more vital than ever.
- The Denver Metro Chamber had a simple message for Colorado lawmakers in a recent op-ed: "If legislation doesn’t get vaccines into arms, kids into schools or Coloradans back to work and back on their feet, legislators should hold it until next session."
- Even in the midst of COVID, the Birmingham Business Alliance’s (BBA) Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) team visited more companies than ever in 2020.
- The Joplin Chamber and local partners unveiled a new collaboration called the Launchpad project, which is designed to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Joplin.
- The Michigan West Coast Chamber recently asked Cultural Intelligence Consultant, CJ Kingdom-Grier, CEO of Kingdom Grier Consulting, to share advice on how businesses can promote workplace inclusivity in an authentic way.
- The Torrance Chamber teamed up with PPE Unite to launch a mobile PPE-Up event for small businesses this weekend
- Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Equity and Inclusion Assessment found that a quarter of Northeast Ohio workforce are Black, indigenous and people of color.
What We're Reading
- McKinsey & Company: The Future of Work After COVID-19
- Deloitte: Governing workforce strategies
- Associations Now: Wellness Initiative Helps Staff Destress and Better Cope Amid Pandemic
- NYT: Maryland Approves Country’s First Tax on Big Tech’s Ad Revenue
- Washington Post: Why some state and local governments are desperate for more stimulus aid
- Bloomberg: Post-Covid, Transit Agencies Must Look Beyond Ridership
- Vistage: 5-point action plan for building a more inclusive workplace
- Successful Meetings: How to Integrate Sponsorships Into Virtual Events
Weekly Roundup - February 12, 2021
#ChamberStrong Initiatives & Ideas
- The Metro Atlanta Chamber announced ATL Action for Racial Equity, a multi-year, multi-step action plan designed to help address the ongoing effects of systemic racism impacting the Black community.
- Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce will provide free rapid COVID-19 testing to chamber members and employees experiencing COVID symptoms. Volunteers who have medical training will oversee the drive-up testing at the chamber building.
- The Greensboro Chamber launched the inaugural cohort of its Scale to Excel program, which is designed to equip Greensboro-area minority business owners with the executive education, management know-how and business support system needed to take their enterprises to the next level.
- Following its inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, the Charleston Metro Chamber compiled a guide with resources to help member organizations at whatever stage in the DE&I journey they are in.
- The Greater Scranton Chamber launched its new Workforce Wednesday initiative, a virtual program designed to introduce job seekers to local businesses that are hiring.
- The Greater Memphis Chamber formed a new partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)-Memphis Chapter. The first joint venture will pursue opportunities for women who have been out of the workforce for various reasons connecting qualified candidates with potential employers and training programs.
- Tennessee Chamber is launching a Support Local Business license plate to promote the work of Tennessee’s business community. All proceeds go to the Tennessee Chamber’s Foundation to promote workforce development and other programs that seek to enhance Tennessee’s business climate.
- The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce worked with government leaders, public health officials, residents, parents, and the business community to launch its Roadmap to Recovery Plan, which supports the safe and continuous business operation.
- The Longview Chamber of Commerce launched new talent recruitment tools to help businesses recruit the workers they need by showcasing what it is like to like in Longview.
- Greater Louisville Inc. President and CEO Sarah-Davasher-Wisdom highlighted the organization’s policy priorities in an op-ed.
- The six Napa County chambers of commerce, made up of American Canyon, Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga Chambers and the Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, have come together to form the Napa Valley Chamber Coalition to engage in public policy to advance the best interest of its members and the overall community.
What We’re Reading
- The latest edition of LinkedIn’s Hiring Report illustrates two hiring trends pointing in sharply different directions, where “laptop economy” professionals are doing fairly well while face-to-face jobs are facing tough times.
- Insperity Webinar - Vaccines and the Workplace: Webinar recording that addresses employer’s responsibilities when it comes to encouraging, or even mandating, employee vaccination and questions about reasonable accommodations.
- DCI: Talent trends & themes that are here to stay in 2021
- Inc. The Top 5 Things 2020 Taught Us About Remote Work
- HBR: How to Do Strategic Planning Like a Futurist
- Member Clicks: How to Handle a Dissatisfied Event Sponsor – 4 Steps
- ATD: Building Resilient Leadership Through Self-Awareness
- CNBC: Women’s labor force participation rate hit a 33-year low in January, according to new analysis
Weekly Roundup - February 5, 2021
- The Indiana Chamber will launch a new Talent Development Clearinghouse to help employers enhance the skills of their workforce and individuals learn about education, training and credentials needed for available jobs and emerging careers.
- The Greater Wausau Chamber will host a virtual State of the Labor Market event to help member businesses learn strategies for organizational success, talent attraction and retention.
- Guided by the results of a recent talent survey, The Wilmington Chamber will form new Talent Pipeline Management collaboratives for the construction and information technology industries.
- The Worcester Regional Chamber teamed up with several partners to launch a new program that will allow 800 unemployed or underemployed workers train for jobs in the information technology sector.
- The Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its first diversity summit next month, highlighting topics including subtle discrimination, how to build an inclusive organizational culture, and how to increase equity in the community.
- The St. Paul Area Chamber adopted a diversity, equity and inclusion program that a local foundation was forced to eliminate due to budget cuts. The DEI Collaborative is a program that works with about three dozen leaders each year to boost diversity, equity and inclusion in local communities.
- The Nashville Area Chamber and Tennessee Chamber are a charter member of the new Tennessee Alliance for Equity in Education. The goal of the new alliance is to seek solutions for closing gaps in opportunity and achievement for historically underserved students.
- The Paso Robles Chamber partnered with the city to launch a propane reimbursement program for local restaurants and businesses seeking to provide heated outdoor public spaces.
- Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts recently authored an op-ed highlighting some of the findings of the chamber's recent Achieving Equity to Build a Stronger Kentucky report, which highlighted the realities of inequality across the state and recommended changes to achieve greater equity.
- Greater St. Louis Inc. is participating in a civic partnership to develop workforce housing with attainable rents in a location that helps connect people with jobs and career opportunities.
- The Orlando Economic Partnership announced that nearly 100 CEOs and top executives joined a regional effort focused on raising the growth potential of residents by creating opportunities for those long-affected by racial inequality and ensuring pathways for participation in the economy.
- Hundreds of Spokane, Washington artists are getting help promoting their job skills during the global crisis from a new, local marketing campaign titled “Arts Mean Business.” The promotional project for artists was conceived by local nonprofit Spokane Arts and funded by CARES Act monies awarded by Greater Spokane Incorporated.
- The Grand Rapids Chamber and Detroit Regional Chamber are among several coalition partners launching an innovative pilot program to address child care accessibility, affordability and quality.
- The Michigan West Coast Chamber launched its new magazine, "The West Coast Way," built around the chamber's core values and key priorities that best serve its members.
- South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce will administer a new Restaurant Innovation Grant program to compensate local restaurants for operational changes they've made during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Portland Business Alliance developed a roadmap for recovery that offers a way forward for elected officials, public agencies, businesses, nonprofit leaders and community advocates to come together to get Portland’s economy back on track.
- It was a tricky 2020, but with many major projects in the works, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership believes there is hope on the horizon.
- The Louisville business community rallied to support and fund Greater Louisville Inc.'s inclusion initiatives.
What We're Reading
- Morning Consult is tracking how consumer attitudes are shifting to gain greater insight into when consumers will be ready to return to their normal activities and identify what habits may change forever.
- New research from the Brookings Institution examines the impacts of the pandemic recession across different dimensions and highlights the need for a workforce development strategy that supports workers who will need to switch industries and occupations.
- New data from the National League of Cities (NLC) indicate that local governments face a projected $90 billion shortfall due to the COVID pandemic. This week NLC called on Congress to approve direct aid to local governments.
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.
Chambers Win PPP Eligibility in New Relief Package
After months of fighting for access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), chambers of commerce and other 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations gained long-overdue access to federal support after Congress agreed to a new COVID stimulus deal.
There are more than 6,500 chambers of commerce in the United States. Despite a long-standing reputation of supporting small business and promoting community prosperity, chambers were denied access to critical federal support when Congress first created the PPP
“Chambers of commerce stepped up with creativity, tenacity and commitment to help their communities through unprecedented times,” said ACCE President & CEO Sheree Anne Kelly. “Thousands of chamber executives spent months advocating for PPP eligibility, and ACCE is grateful that our elected leaders finally took action to support the vital roles chambers play in the communities they serve.”
Chambers of commerce have been critical in supporting their communities during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. They launched helplines and provided advice to small businesses struggling to survive. They led community-wide efforts to leverage local businesses and their supply chains to ensure access to personal protective equipment. They administered local loan and grant programs and created campaigns to encourage residents to support local restaurants and retailers. Through it all, they were ineligible for the federal aid they frequently helped small businesses access.
"It has been inspiring to see chambers across the country stepping up and finding innovative ways to pivot and serve our communities under very challenging circumstances," said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Chair of the ACCE Board. "We thank our congressional leaders for working closely with the chamber industry to provide additional pandemic relief to our business members and our organizations as we continue to focus on economic recovery and growth strategies for our cities, regions, states and country."
Eligible chambers must not receive more than 15 percent of their revenue from lobbying activities. Lobbying activities may not comprise more than 15 percent of the total activities of the organization and lobbying expenses during the most recent tax year may not exceed $1 million.
SBA Releases Updated PPP Rules and Application
The Small Business Administration reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal this morning. Chambers of commerce and other 501(c)(6) organizations are now eligible to apply. The PPP website has been updated with new details including the application form and new guidance on how to calculate loan amounts and what documentation to provide.
- Reviewing the Small Business Administration's PPP resources.
- Watching this ASAE webinar with instructions from the prior application period.
- Reviewing the US Chamber's PPP guides that were created prior to 501(c)(6) organizations gaining eligibility: Summary of 501(c)(6) Eligibility | Guide to Small Business Emergency Loans (PPP) | Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
What We're Reading - Looking to 2021
As we head into the holiday season, we hope you get some well-deserved time off to reflect on all the great work you and your chambers have done during a challenging 2020. As we look ahead to the new year, we wanted to share a short reading list that highlights a few key trends and insights as you plan for 2021.
- LinkedIn recently asked its community of influences to share big ideas likely to change our world. The result was 24 ideas that will shape 2021.
- A recent Upwork Future Workforce Pulse Report surveyed 1,000 hiring managers and future hiring plans and the future of remote work. Those hiring managers believe that nearly 27 percent of the workforce will remain remote.
- The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council met on Dec. 8 and developed recommendations for the incoming Biden Administration that focused on four key areas: the economy, America’s role in the world, trade and China policy and inequity and inclusion in the workplace and society.
- A recent Entrepreneur magazine article highlighted a tend where underrepresented communities are building their own funding networks.
- A new report from Strada Education Network and Lumina Foundation explored the important role of intermediaries, like chambers, to provide leadership and strengthen public-private partnerships to tackle big community challenges.
- A recent conversation between Amy Liu, vice president and director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, and Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation explored opportunities to redesign education, training and the workplace to adapt to an increasingly automated world.
- A new National Skills Coalition policy brief explores ways to boost digital literacy and help workers acquire industry-specific digital skills.
Weekly Roundup 11/6/2020
Chambers Showcase Commitment to Civility
In the aftermath of election day, with deep political dives and polarization, we believe there is a role for chambers of commerce to promote patience and civility. Here are a few examples of chambers that are working to reduce polarization and improve civil discourse. Share your chamber’s initiatives with me at email@example.com.
- The Salt Lake Chamber, along with the signatories from the business community, issued a statement last week promoting patience and civility regarding the election.
- Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers, CCE, IOM, co-authored an op-ed outlining the urgent need for communities to address big challenges with civility, decency and respect.
- The Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber launched the Indivisible Initiative, which seeks to repair the community’s divisions through intentional acts of compassion, kindness and respect.
- The Greater Naples Chamber’s Leadership Collier Foundation Alumni Association is making civility a priority and exploring how leaders can heal division through civil discourse.
- Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia President & CEO Rob Wonderling sent a message to his membership, drawing inspiration from the words of his incoming chair and reaffirming the chamber’s commitment to leading with civility and collaboration.
- As a result of the deterioration of civility in public discourse, the San Luis Obispo Chamber created a code of civilityto govern behavior at candidate forums and similar events.
- At the state level, voters went to the polls this week to elect 5,877 state representatives and 11 governors, and to decide 120 statewide ballot measures. Multistate Associated shared its post-election analysis and its Elections Dashboard.
- Chambers were active in several major referenda for transportation and transit projects went to the voters as well. Here is an overview of a few of the major initiatives from The Transport Politic.
- In a recent post, consultant Hardy Smith encourages organizations to take time to plan your 2021 planning activities.
- Fortune: Getting involved in diversity and inclusion is optional. That’s a problem.
- McKinsey & Company: Understanding organizational barriers to a more inclusive workplace.
- Inside Higher Ed: Employer-Based College Programs Here to Stay.
- Congratulations to the San Francisco Chamber on its 170thanniversary.
Weekly Roundup 10/30/2020
Winter is Coming
As the weather turns cold and restaurants continue to deal with COVID-driven capacity restrictions, chambers of commerce are seeking creative ways to support local restaurants. Here are a few examples:
- The Greater Des Moines Partnership announced the recipients of its Extend the Season Grant program, which provided outdoor heating equipment to local restaurants to help them continue to offer outdoor dining as winter approaches.
- The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership launched its Back to Business All Weather Grant program, which leverages $500,000 of CARES Act funds to provide eligible small businesses $5,000 grants to “winterize” outdoor business areas.
- Rochester Downtown Alliance and Chamber of Commerce are working to provide $2,000 grants to restaurants to help them reinvent outdoor spaces to keep customers warm as the weather turns cold.
- Several Rhode Island chambers are among the organizations that were awarded $3 million in grants to help the state’s businesses “Take it Outside.” The funds will be distributed to local businesses to help cover the costs of conducting business outdoors.
- The Waterbury Regional Chamber launched a BYOB campaign – Bring Your Own Blanket –to encourage consumers to support local restaurants by bringing their own blankets to dine comfortably outside.
Preparing for a Resurgence of COVID-19
- The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce shared a checklist of items that corporate leaders can address to minimize disruption and protect employees, customers and other stakeholders.
- A group of chambers in Michigan sent four recommendations to the governor and legislative leadership to inform ongoing policy decisions.
- ACCE board member, Adam Marshall of the British Chambers of Commerce outlined five tests for governments as they consider additional shutdowns.
What steps has your chamber taken to prepare for a fall resurgence of COVID-19. Send your initiatives to Will Burns.
What We’re Reading
- Korn Ferry: As people head to the polls next week, election day may be only the beginning of a long period of uncertainty and anxiety.
- Remote Worker Data: Recognizing that working-from-home will continue to increase over time, the National Association of REALTORS® conducted a study of the 3,142 counties that are best poised to provide a supportive environment for working remotely.
- McKinsey & Company: The next normal will require true transformation, business model shifts that alter your operations at the cellular level to elevate performance and the capabilities of your people.
- Transformation in St. Louis: The St. Louis Regional Chamber and four other organizations announced they will come together to combine their strengths into one organization to drive inclusive growth in St. Louis with a unified voice and bold agenda.
- Staffing Virtual Events: Staff roles for virtual events are different from in-person events. ASAE explores a few staff roles to help organizations deliver impactful virtual events.
- Social Networks & Economic Mobility: New research from the Brookings Institution dives deeper into how social networks in Charlotte affect access to economic opportunity. Charlotte Regional Business Alliance SVP of Economic Research Chuck McShane discussed the research with the report’s author in a recent episode of the Alliance’s podcast.
- Preserve Trust & Electoral Integrity: An unprecedented number of civil society groups, including public interest organizations, business associations, and faith-based organizations, as well as political leaders, have mobilized around ensuring an inclusive, credible, and peaceful election.