What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

Autism Certification First Step in Making Billings More Accessible

The Billings (MT) Chamber and Visit Billings have worked with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to be the first organizations in their region designated as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC).

The CAC designation is awarded to organizations and travel destinations that have completed autism training to better understand and welcome autistic visitors, people with special sensory needs, and their families. The Billings Chamber staff has completed training and certification in best practices when assisting autistic individuals. By undergoing additional autism-specific training, the goal is for the Billings team to be better equipped to provide better service and experiences to all.

To learn more about Certified Autism Center™ visit www.visitbillings.com/autism-friendly.

Tahoe Chamber Offers Members-Only 401K Plan

Tahoe (CA) Chamber and MacLean Financial Group have partnered to offer a unique 401(k) plan for Chamber members. The Tahoe Chamber 401K Plan was developed to meet the needs of our business community and to help members meet the CalSavers mandate.

Under the umbrella of the chamber, members receive additional benefits such as a discounted group rate, and direct consultation to determine a plan that best fits their business. Members who take advantage of this program get: special pricing, federal tax credits (new plans only), direct and local support from Tahoe Chamber and MacLean Financial Group.

Get more information today at tahoechamber.org.

Eugene Chamber Produces Thorough Election Guide

Elections play a critical function in any healthy economy. The right candidate works with others to set the pace for community building, effective policy, and a business-friendly environment. The Eugene Area (OR) Chamber believes chambers have a duty to support local business leaders in making informed choices about who will represent them and their businesses in local government.

Candidates in nonpartisan, contested races were asked about their position on issues like homelessness, public safety, housing, regulation, taxation, economic development, climate change and more. The chamber then rated candidates based on their alignment with key issues and priorities raised by their members.

The guide featured Eugene City Council and Lane County Commission candidates. The chamber also held a series of live virtual candidate forums to offer the community the opportunity to engage with candidates.

View the 2022 Election Guide at https://files.constantcontact.com/34bb71ae001/16fd2845-9522-4ea0-81b1-ed559a8c48da.pdf.

Longview Campaign Promotes Their City as a Great Place to Live, Work and Play

The Longview (TX) Chamber has its LongviewNOW! campaign as a part of their relocation tool kit. The tool kit includes the LongviewNow! website, magazine, monthly podcast series and biannual promotional videos providing businesses with cutting-edge, first-class tools for selling Longview to potential employees. The campaign was first launched last year and has been built upon and expanded since its initial launch.

Check out all the great components at /nowlongview.com/.

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