A New Year: Where We've Been & Where We're Going

Chamber President Casey Williams

Some folks ignore the new year; it's just time marching on. However, most folks I know see the New Year as a time to take stock of what was and what they hope to be for the coming year.

As I reflect back on what was, I am proud of the strides we made as a Chamber:

  • Broadening our workforce initiative by connecting businesses and education resources.
  • Changing our fiscal year to the calendar year so we can better serve our members.
  • Enhancing the Jubilee Festival by introducing culinary arts and the Southern Makers demonstration stage.
  • Introducing the Eastern Shore Elf to spotlight Eastern Shore retailers.
  • Conducting a Leaders Exchange trip to New Orleans to gather knowledge, ideas and connect business leaders in our community.
  • Launched our Governmental Affairs Newsletter and Eastern Shore Spotlight.

What's in store for 2018?

  • Launch the Eastern Shore Tourism Ambassador Program.
  • Facilitate the 2018 Baldwin County Job Fair.
  • Continue to further enhance the Jubilee Festival by partnering with the World Food Championships and the performing arts.
  • Continue to promote our business community and nonprofits while connecting them to resources and information.
  • Broaden leadership opportunities for members including Young Professionals and Chamber Ambassadors.

Many thanks to all those who work with and support our efforts to make the Eastern Shore the best place to live, work and do business. I look forward to the opportunity to serve each of you in the coming year.


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