Growing the Economy• Recruit 5,100 new jobs and $415 million in new capital investment.• Use Charlotte’s international business assets and recruitment missions to recruit companies from Europe and Asia, including a consular or trade office and a German headquarters.• Proactively target companies in Charlotte’s top industry sectors – energy, life sciences, manufacturing, financial services, and logistics and distribution – for relocations to and expansions in Charlotte with at least two special events and attendance at relevant trade shows.• Compile a list of technology and research and development companies ripe for relocation and expansion and develop a new marketing piece highlighting Charlotte’s strengths for technology companies.
Advocating Pro-Business Public Policies• Develop and implement a strategy for addressing Charlotte’s “blue city in a red state” challenge by educating new elected officials about the Charlotte Chamber mission and presenting programming that helps our members interact with elected officials in Charlotte, Raleigh and Washington, D.C.• Plan and implement four summits to create dialogue and action around policy issues in transportation, health care, energy and information technology.• Continue efforts of GreenWorks and Manufacturers Council to bring like-minded companies together on policy issues and for networking.• Reach out to at least 300 companies in Charlotte- Mecklenburg through the BusinessFirst Charlotte program, aiding them with challenges to their growth and documenting economic trends among local businesses.
Advocating Pro-Business Public Policies• Monitor and advocate at all levels of government on issues that affect the cost of doing business, the ease of doing business and the quality of life in Charlotte, including tax and energy policies, infrastructure, the regulatory climate, and workforce development in our local public schools, colleges and universities.• Continue working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Project LIFT to advocate public school reform efforts that will improve student achievement.• Connect businesses with the Meck Tech Advisor program in Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools to help prepare our future workforce.• Support development of the “big data” hub at UNC Charlotte by advocating for state support and creating business connections.
Delivering Innovative Programs & Services• Expand the Power Up Entrepreneurship Challenge through the chamber chapters, engaging the best startup and small business ventures throughout Charlotte.• Secure second-year funding for the Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative (CMEDI) and facilitate $12.42 million in awarded corporate contracts to minority-owned businesses, a 15 percent over last year.• Present the inaugural Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals Awards gala in March recognizing leaders under age 40.• Monitor member engagement and satisfaction at chamber events, maintaining connectivity and relevance ratings above 80 percent.
Delivering Innovative Programs & Services• Grow the Office Depot affinity program and continue reviewing other potential partnerships that benefit our members and the chamber.• Provide exclusive programming and value for our investor-level members through successful quarterly Board of Advisors meetings and annual Economic Outlook Conference, Inter City Visit and Planning Retreat.• Consolidate existing research publications and expand the use of research products throughout the organization.• Launch a custom mobile application and GIS spatial display map as member benefits.
Running the Chamber Effectively• Conduct a successful Total Revenue Campaign and continue to improve processes that aid volunteers and staff.• Launch a chamber Legacy Club to strengthen recognition and retention of members.• Ensure strong fiscal and operational management.• Develop and implement a new system for non- member participation at events with a focus on turning them into members.• Continue and finalize the selection process for the chamber’s future space.• Communicate our accomplishments and issues through ongoing branding and public relations efforts.• Implement an economic strategic planning process.