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  • 2015 Program of Work

    Following are the business objectives of the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce for 2015:

    Economic Development Division:

    • Seek funding from the City, the NW Montana Community Action Partnership, NMAR and others to quantify the workforce/affordable housing shortfall affecting Whitefish workers and employers; and to identify possible long-term solutions
    • Support development of a small- to mid-size meeting & conference center to drive shoulder season and winter visitation
    • Support Glacier AERO and its efforts to attract more frequent and affordable air service to Glacier Park International Airport
    • Monitor the status of the old Idaho Timber and North Valley Hospital properties, and advocate for redevelopment on the sites that will enhance and diversify the Whitefish economy
    • Identify & implement strategies for encouraging new business development in the high tech sector (High Tech Happy Hours, etc.)
    • Expand enrollment in the 2015 Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and help business-minded junior and high school students develop the skills need to be future business owners and community leaders
    • Create/host a “Summer Job Fair” for local teens at Whitefish High School
    • Maintain focus on fall shoulder season growth (tourism)
    • Promote the services available to members through the  Business Resource Center and website
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    Government Affairs Division:

    • Monitor the activities of local government, and advocate for programs, policies and decisions that have a positive impact on local businesses and the Whitefish economy
    • Maintain an official Chamber presence at all meetings of the Whitefish City Council; ensure that the business community is represented on the appropriate City and County committees and task forces
    • Educate and inform Chamber members (and the public) about issues pending before state and local governments that could adversely impact their business and/or the region’s economy
    • Host four “Neighborhood Business Meetings” in the Spring of 2015, to gather information from – and hear the concerns of – local business owners and managers
    • Encourage fiscal restraint in spending taxpayer dollars, specifically with regard to the City Hall/Parking Structure and other TIF-funded projects
    • Advocate for the immediate approval and implementation of the Highway 93 West Corridor Plan, and to begin development of corridor plans for both Highway 93 South and Wisconsin Avenue

     

    Member Services Division:

    • Grow membership to 450 members by Dec. 31, 2015
    • Host a rotating schedule of membership luncheons, seminars and special events on the First Thursday of each month
    • Host monthly Gone Fishin’ networking events on the Third Thursday of each month
    • Host two seasonal  Tourism Expos/Customer Service Training programs (in June & December)
    • Encourage members to promote their businesses by submitting member profiles and spotlights for newsletter publication, by distributing brochures and business cards at the Visitor Center, and by taking advantage of other Chamber-sponsored marketing opportunities
    • Maintain & Update the Chamber website and Community Calendar
    • Publish Chamber newsletter bi-monthly; distribute Chamber Chat eNewsletter weekly
    • Publish the Whitefish Guide (community profile and relocation guide) annually
    • Explore opportunities to ally with other local Chamber/business organizations; host “joint” member networking events annually with the Columbia Falls and Eureka chambers, the Whitefish CVB, etc.

     

    Special Events Division:

    • Plan, promote and produce the following annual events:
      • July 4th Fireworks at City Beach
      • Huckleberry Days Art Festival (August)
      • Taste of Whitefish (September)
      • Great Northwest Oktoberfest (Sept/Oct)
      • Christmas Stroll (December)
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