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EGE Air Alliance - Air Service Growth Initiative, CoY 2016 Synopsis 1 - Vail Valley Partnership

Vail Valley Partnership, Category 2 Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year, Program/Initiative Summary for Synopsis #1 is: "Vail Valley Partnership took a leadership role in the EGE Air Alliance in 2013 and took direct management in 2014 due to a lack of funding for air service programs and a lack of community participation in the funding program. The lack of funding was a factor in losing of 30% of the available seats into the Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) dating back to 2007. This is a major issue for our tourism driven economy, impacting our visitation and as a result our local businesses. EGE Air Alliance is a 501c6 not-for-profit entity managed by Vail Valley Partnership dedicated to creating a vibrant flight service program at the Eagle County Regional Airport. The EGE Air Alliance is a public-private partnership with participants including local municipalities and private business stakeholders. Vail Valley Partnership provides oversight and management of the Air Alliance."

See also Synopsis #2, "Building a Community Business Brand" - Vail Valley Partnership

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Organization: Vail Valley Partnership

Building a Community Business Brand, CoY 2016 Synopsis 2 - Vail Valley Partnership

Vail Valley Partnership, Category 2 Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year, Program/Initiative Summary for Synopsis #2 is: "Eagle County, Colorado is not an easy place to live, much less conduct business. Business owners and managers must be very adaptive and entrepreneurial to survive the extreme conditions of this special place. Weather, terrain, altitude and remoteness all present business challenges and higher costs. But the toughest challenge may be trying to balance a 12-month business cycle with the extreme seasonality of the tourism based economy that may bring as much as 70% of a company’s annual income in the first two months of the year. To help mitigate this, the Economic Council of Eagle County, an initiative of Vail Valley Partnership, commissioned a community branding project to develop a strong business brand to attract and retain businesses in this unique area of the country.”

See also Synopsis #1, "EGE Air Alliance - Air Service Growth Initiative" - Vail Valley Partnership

See all of Vail Valley Partnership's pieces from their 2016 Chamber of the Year application:

Organization: Vail Valley Partnership

2015 Indiana General Assembly Priorities, CoY 2016 Synopsis 1 - Southwest Indiana Chamber

Southwest Indiana Chamber, Category 3 Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year, Program/Initiative Summary for Synopsis #1 is: "Ensuring that our top legislative priorities, which include the swift completion of Interstate 69, securing funding for a Downtown Medical Education Campus, the creation of and funding for Indiana's Regional Cities Initiative, and the authorization of land-based gaming, received the support and funding they required drove our legislative agenda in 2015. Key outcomes include securing $67 million in state funds, enabling $50 million in downtown investment, and potential savings of $600 million from original cost estimates on the I-69 bridge."

See also Synopsis #2, "Southwest Indiana Chamber Downtown Alliance" - Southwest Indiana Chamber

See all of Southwest Indiana Chamber's pieces from their 2016 Chamber of the Year application:

Organization: Southwest Indiana Chamber

Southwest Indiana Chamber Downtown Alliance, CoY 2016 Synopsis 2 - Southwest Indiana Chamber

Southwest Indiana Chamber, Category 3 Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year, Program/Initiative Summary for Synopsis #2 is: "Evansville had never benefited from a funded downtown organization dedicated to the type of day-to-day efforts required to create a downtown that serves as the heart of the region as a whole and provides guidance to move Downtown to the type of vibrant, 24/7 city that our residents and future talent desire. The Downtown Alliance seeks to drive long-term, sustainable growth and development in Downtown Evansville. Key outcomes since inception include 39 new businesses locating Downtown, nine businesses announcing their location Downtown, and 13 expansions of existing Downtown businesses; the completion of a Downtown Master Plan; and $150 million in Downtown projects funded through and as a result of the Regional Cities Initiative, in which we served on the steering committee and led advocacy efforts.”

See also Synopsis #1, "2015 Indiana General Assembly Priorities" - Southwest Indiana Chamber

See all of Southwest Indiana Chamber's pieces from their 2016 Chamber of the Year application:

Organization: Southwest Indiana Chamber

Leadership Lexington, CoY 2016 Synopsis 1 - Commerce Lexington Inc.

Commerce Lexington Inc., Category 4 Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year, Program/Initiative Summary for Synopsis #1 is: "An 11-month leadership development program administered by Commerce Lexington, Leadership Lexington gives participants the opportunity to better understand our city and to prepare for the challenges it faces by learning from today's leaders. Class members gain insight on topics like education, diversity, arts, government, healthcare, public safety, economic development, and more. The program completed in 2015 was the 36th class of Leadership Lexington. More than 1,300 people have graduated from the program since its inception in 1979."

See also Synopsis #2, "Minority Business Accelerator Program" - Commerce Lexington Inc.

See all of Commerce Lexington Inc.'s pieces from their 2016 Chamber of the Year application: 

Organization: Commerce Lexington Inc.

Minority Business Accelerator Program, CoY 2016 Synopsis 2 - Commerce Lexington Inc.

Commerce Lexington Inc., Category 4 Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year, Program/Initiative Summary for Synopsis #2 is: "Commerce Lexington Inc.'s Minority Business Accelerator was created to accelerate the development of sizable minority business enterprises (MBE's) that have achieved revenues between $250,000 and $6 million and to strengthen the regional minority entrepreneurial community. The program initiates a local corporate MBE partnership strategy to focus the area's largest corporations, school systems, universities, and local government on the positive impact of concentrated spending with local diverse companies. The four Accelerator program participants have achieved $5.6 million in contracts and procurement since the program's launch. A recent contract with a local consultant will help Accelerator members stay on track for success, as well as develop and track accountability metrics for the program.”

See also Synopsis #1, "Leadership Lexington" - Commerce Lexington Inc.

See all of Commerce Lexington Inc.'s pieces from their 2016 Chamber of the Year application:

Organization: Commerce Lexington Inc.

Grassroots Alliance, CoY 2016 Synopsis 1 - Association of Washington Business

The Association of Washington Business, State/Province Category Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year, Program/Initiative Summary for Synopsis #1 is: "An army of advocates. That's what the Association of Washington Business is building with the Grassroots Alliance, a new initiative that achieved major success in just its first year. AWB created the Grassroots Alliance in late 2014 as a way to unite the state chamber of commerce and its local chamber counterparts throughout Washington, tapping into the combined strengths of each group. In 2015, the alliance grew dramatically and notched its first policy win by helping secure passage of a $16 billion statewide transportation package. The effort represents a long-term commitment from AWB and its partners to work together on important public policy issues."

See also Synopsis #2, "Export-Import Bank Campaign" - Association of Washington Business

See all of Association of Washington Business' pieces from their 2016 Chamber of the Year application:

Organization: Association of Washington Business

Export-Import Bank Campaign, CoY 2016 Synopsis 2 - Association of Washington Business

The Association of Washington Business, State/Province Category Winner, 2016 Chamber of the Year, Program/Initiative Summary for Synopsis #2 is: "On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) charter expired. For most Americans, this was not a major development, but for businesses in trade-dependent Washington state who rely on its services, it was a serious setback. The Association of Washington Business redoubled its advocacy efforts, raising awareness of the bank's importance among members of the Congress, the business community and the general public. On Dec. 4, 2015, AWB President Kris Johnson joined U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Reps. Denny Heck and Dave Reichert and others at a press conference celebrating the bank's reauthorization."

See also Synopsis #1, "Grassroots Alliance" - Association of Washington Business

See all of Association of Washington Business' pieces from their 2016 Chamber of the Year application:

Organization: Association of Washington Business

Business Brand Planning Executive Summary - Vail Valley Partnership

In 2014, the Eagle County Economic Development Council, through the Vail Valley Partnership, commissioned Cubic Creative to help the group develop a strong business brand to attract and retain businesses in this unique area of the country well known for its tourism assets and ski mountains, but not recognized as a place to do business. This executive summary identifies the goals and objectives of the project; methodology for researching brand dynamics; skills, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis; brand challenge; and findings. See related Brand Brief and Article. See also Synopsis #2, "Building a Community Business Brand" - Vail Valley Partnership.

Organization: Vail Valley Partnership

Brand Brief - Vail Valley Partnership

The Eagle County Economic Development Council, through the Vail Valley Partnership, sought to develop a united, cohesive business brand in order to attract and retain businesses in this unique area of the country well known for its tourism assets and ski mountains, but not recognized as a place to do business. This brand brief describes the brand landscape, primary target audience, brand essence, key brand characteristics, and deliverables. See related Executive Summary and Article. See also Synopsis #2, "Building a Community Business Brand" - Vail Valley Partnership.

Organization: Vail Valley Partnership


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