What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Vail Valley Partnership Holds Board Service Basics Workshops

The challenges of the past two years have made evident how important the choice is of whom you nominate to be a part of your board.

In an effort to prepare community members for board service on not only chamber boards but on any community boards, the Vail Valley (CO) Partnership held two Board Service Basics workshops. These workshops were intended for anyone who currently serves on a board or committee, as well as anyone who is interested in possibly serving.

The workshop covered organizational structure, governance, Roberts Rules of Order, roles and expectations, questions to ask when considering sitting on a board, finding your passion and strengths within board service, understanding communication styles, managing healthy conflict and working in a team.

Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from local board veterans about their experiences and challenges they have encountered during their service. Great idea for feeling out who in your community may be interested in serving while helping your members and community be better leaders and board members.

View event details at https://www.vailvalleypartnership.com/signature-programs/vail-valley-works/boardbasics/.

Tempe Chamber Partners with Airport to Provide Parking Program for Members

The Tempe (AZ) Chamber partnered with Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to provide special parking discounts and a loyalty program for members and their employees when traveling. Members are provided with a discount code which then gets them 15% off already-discounted online rates, loyalty points, close, convenient, safe parking with nine parking options at five locations, reserved parking with easy QR code scanning and, coming soon, car care services.

To learn more about the program, email Erika Acorn at erika@tempechamber.org.

Modesto Chamber Launches Inspire Youth-Inspire Dreams Platform

The Modesto (CA) Chamber, their Business and Education Committee, and the project’s steering committee rolled out their Career Exploration Platform to spark interest in 6th grade students early on in their educational path and lead them to opportunities right in their hometown.

The chamber rolled out the platform to 6th graders at the end of the school year last year, received incredibly positive feedback from teachers and students, and since then has added more content.

Businesses, institutions and organizations county wide are recruited to create “day in the life” videos to provide students with first-hand real-life experience within a field. Current content represents the 15 sectors of business and industry.

This is only the start of paving the way for college or career training. There will be extension opportunities for each student in supporting them through high school with the focus on the student’s identified interests. The final destination will be for each student to be prepared to move into a career training program and/or college to pursue their passion.

Learn more about the program at https://www.modchamber.org/inspire-youth-inspire-dreams/.

Fort Collins Area Chamber Holds Moving Fort Collins Forward Campaign

The Fort Collins Area (CO) Chamber is holding their annual campaign to raise funds and increase membership. This year, 40 volunteers on 11 teams are tasked with raising $400,000 and bringing in 100 new members. To reach their goal, volunteers will be raising funds through memberships, event sponsorships, advertising, initiatives and budget reduction trades.

This year’s campaign highlights the chamber’s response to the pandemic with the theme of Respond. Recover. Reignite. Building Back Better for a Strong Northern Colorado. This once-a-year total resource campaign has run successfully each year since 2011 and provides the Fort Collins area with a properly funded chamber capable of accomplishing key initiatives in the community each year.

Interested in learning more? Visit https://fortcollinschamber.com/program/moving-fort-collins-forward/.

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