Working Cities Challenge - An initiative led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that aims to advance collaborative leadership in Massachusetts' smaller cities and to support ambitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in those cities.
The Lake Havasu Area Chamber's Community Matters Initiative - Lake Havasu was a 2014 Chamber of the Year finalist for its initiative, the annual goal of which is to educate at least 40 individuals representing different sectors of the community in order to increase the pool of educated and motivated leaders in the community. This is accomplished through Havasu Leadership Development, Advanced Havasu Leadership Development, and Ambassador Committee Community Outreach, programs that seek to train participants to operate more efficiently, increasing the assets available to the nonprofit community so it can better meet the needs of the working poor and struggling families. A fourth program, Nonprofit Marketing Assistance, is designed to help 501c3 organizations with free services to help increase the visibility of their organizations in the community.
The Emeryville Chamber's Healthy City Initiative - The Initiative is an ambitious plan designed to foster a healthy, vibrant, strong and safe community by promoting seven core values which the entire community can share and endorse. Each of the seven core values will involve linkages and connections to business, government, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals, with the Chamber of Commerce serving as the central distribution point for information, ideas, HCI events and activities. For a $100 donation to the HCI when joining the chamber, the business receives a complimentary Red Cross earthquake emergency preparedness kit.
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce OKC Connect program: This program is an exclusive, high-level orientation program to help business leaders learn more about the inner workings of Oklahoma City. During four sessions, OKConnect will help top-level executives and senior management discover their place in the community.
Greater Des Moines Partnership Economic Development Fair-Play Agreement - The Greater Des Moines Partnership is working toward operationalizing fairness between communities due to their observance that competition between communities is increasing. They have developed principles of fairness, including “Don’t Steal”; “Provide for greater equality in use of economic development tools”; and “Structure the Competition.”
Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Memorandum of Understanding - Workforce Development Resource Center - Memorandum of Understanding between the chamber, local colleges, and the workforce investment board (WIB) to serve central Texas residents with a business resource center. The document outlines the responsibilities of each organization, including financial and in-kind contributions.
From the Winner's Circle: 2016 Chamber of the Year Webinar Series and presentation slides: Downtowns serve as the heart of every city and region. The Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Christy Gillenwater, Joshua Armstrong, and Justin Groenert explain how their chamber’s collaborative efforts have led to numerous recent successes in downtown development. In fewer than three years, a downtown master plan has been completed, an Economic Improvement District is underway, and over $450 million in development projects are under construction or slated to begin in the next 5 years.