July 1 marked the beginning of a new program year for the Chamber, a new chairman of the board and a refined approach to the organization's advocacy and programming efforts--employing a "less is more" mindset with better communication. In an interview with the Albuquerque Journal, new chairman Tom Antram, detailed the plans for the year which includes a focus on three primary areas--education, public safety, and Downtown development. Eight sector advocacy teams will provide input and expertise on issues in industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing and will help the Chamber steer its advocacy efforts.
In the article Antram also talked about the Chamber's focus on growing its social media presence as a way to foster business relationships around the community. "We need to be engaged and active in all forms of social media to connect with that community," he said in the article.
Internally, the Chamber is also working to better connect and collaborate. The new program year brought with it a new, open office atmosphere designed for seamless staff collaboration among departments. Innovative companies around the country are creating work environments that allow for the free-flow of information and idea-sharing amongst staff; the Chamber is following suit.
Also effective July 1 is the Chamber’s new board of directors for the 2016-2017 program year. The Chamber’s board is comprised of a fantastic group of individuals representing businesses in all industries large and small throughout the community whose desire it is to make Albuquerque the best it can be. Several board members, italicized below, will help to lead the charge this year as chairs and vice chairs of the Chamber’s BIGs (Bold Policy Issues), SATs (Sector Advocacy Teams) and CANs (Connections Advocacy Network). “We have a tremendous board who have committed to doing an incredible amount of work,” said Terri Cole, Chamber President and CEO. “They want the best for the city and are not afraid of doing what’s necessary to get us there.”
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