For decades, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce – and chambers just like ours – focused on showing the rest of the nation and the world what our climate and attractions could offer visitors.
While even today a clear, sunny afternoon is often referred to as “a chamber of commerce day,” the time has passed when we drove visitors with wire service photos of cowboys in front of cacti. Today’s innovative chambers are driving the growth of their communities by focusing on economic development initiatives. Your chamber is no different.
Earlier this month, I attended the US Chamber of Commerce’s “Committee of 100” gathering in Orlando, Florida. Representatives of the top 100 chambers from across the country met and discussed the big issues they and their members face in today’s economy.
From Phoenix to Portland and from Chicago to Charleston, chambers and their members are tackling challenges like a qualified workforce, entitlement reform, excess government regulation, maintaining America’s global lead in higher education, and speaking in a unified voice to their elected officials.
I came away from these meetings with my peers inspired, energized and convinced we are at the vanguard of an exciting future. In the coming weeks, you will see the results of nearly three years of work to position this chamber as a leading player in the economic development space.
All of you are now competing not just locally, but regionally, nationally and internationally. We are here to help you do that. Stay tuned as we show the rest of the nation and the world the true potential of Arizona’s economy.