Program of Work

Vision:
Charlotte, along with the Charlotte Region, is the best place to run a business and to live.

Mission:
The Charlotte Chamber creates competitive advantage by growing the economy, advocating for pro-business public policies, and delivering innovative programs and services. 

2015 Program of Work

With its mission in mind, the chamber develops a Program of Work each year. The Program of Work is essentially a list of specific, strategic goals to accomplish over the coming year. It is developed using input from members through an annual survey, the annual Board of Advisors retreat and the Executive Committee. Here are our goals for 2014.

Growing the Economy

  • Attract new companies to Charlotte-Mecklenburg and assist existing businesses with expansions.
  • Aggressively celebrate and promote the expansion of existing businesses in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
  • Leverage Charlotte's international business assets to recruit companies from Europe and Asia.
  • Leverage Charlotte's position as a center for healthcare and life science companies.
  • Develop a virtual marketing and communication strategy around Charlotte's target industry sectors (Aerospace, Automotive, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare/Life Science and Minority Owned Firms).
  • Develop a strategy to engage Generation Y and Next-Gen members in the economic development process.

Advocating Pro-Business Public Policies

  • Continue implementing strategies for improving the blue city in a red state relationship.
  • Plan and implement major events to engage members in growth industries and policy issues including four summits (transportation, health care, energy and information technology) and an event commemorating the completion of I-485.
  • Work with City to manage 2014 bond campaign resulting from city Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Develop programming that encourages interaction between chamber members and elected officials.
  • Continue development of successful GreenWorks, Health Services and Manufacturers Council engagement.
  • Utilize the BusinessFirst Charlotte program to address key issues facing businesses.
  • Advocate at all levels of government on issues that affect the cost of doing business, the ease of doing business and the quality of life in Charlotte. Likely issues to continue during the short session include: changes to tax and incentive policy, regulatory climate, and maintaining necessary investments in education and transportation infrastructure (Garden Parkway, Monroe Connector, revenue sources).

Education

  • Advocate for pro-education policies that will continue to advance public school reform efforts and those that will improve student achievement successes. Help to lead a statewide coalition of business people to advocate on the issues.
  • Advocate on behalf of UNC Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for policy and funding needs as well as on issues impacting private education institutions. Enhance and increase opportunities for workforce training by increasing conversations between business and education leaders.
  • Aid in the policy and funding needs to accomplish the Big Data program at UNC Charlotte.

Delivering Innovative Programs and Services

  • Support and grow the Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative (CMEDI), designed to connect minority companies with growth opportunities.
  • Expand Talent Development, Recruitment and Retention efforts for diverse, emerging leaders.
  • Support and grow the seven chapters designed to engage members in key issues within each of the geographic business sectors.
  • Launch a Power of Women Network Business Series to engage and empower women business leaders.
  • Provide unique networking and learning opportunities for our board level members, including the Economic Outlook Conference, the Inter City Visit, the Planning Retreat, quarterly Board of Advisors meetings.

Running the Chamber Effectively

Finance

  • Conduct a Revenue Campaign aligned to help support the work of the chamber.
  • Attract and retain new members to the chamber.
  • Ensure strong fiscal and operational management to deliver the best return on investment for our members.
  • Keep the chamber on strong financial ground.

Operations

  • Identify new location and/or updated quarters for the Charlotte Chamber.
  • Complete Economic Strategic Plan designed to grow Charlotte’s established and emerging industry clusters.
  • Promote a new mobile app designed to drive business to chamber members and provide additional benefit to the employees of members.
  • Help brand Charlotte as a Healthy Community.

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