LAWRENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
| Fourth Quarter 2012 | story by GREG WILLIAMS, PRESIDENT/CEO, LAWRENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE |

The new year is under way at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. The start of a new year offers both people and organizations the opportunity to set and achieve new goals. Like many of you, the Chamber has set its goals for 2013 and beyond.

Leading our efforts to achieve newly established goals is a group of key volunteer leaders – our Board of Directors. We salute these men and women who volunteer their time and experience and recognize the companies that support them in serving the community.

The Chamber will focus on three strategic priorities in 2013:

    Regional economic growth and job creation by working across Douglas County and the larger region to recruit, retain, expand and encourage business growth.
    To identify issues and advocate for solutions to issues affecting economic growth in the region.
    Creating opportunities for our member businesses to network, develop business connections and increase their companies’ visibility throughout the region.

These three strategic priorities will guide everything the Chamber does in service to its members and to the larger community. We believe the business owners and operators in Lawrence play a critical role in the future of our community providing the investment that helps sustain the quality of life we all enjoy. Th e Chamber is working to become a more relevant, more productive and more “value oriented” business advocacy and economic development organization.

In 2013 and beyond, we will maintain a laser-like focus on meeting, and exceeding, the expectations of our customers, this community and the region through facilitating the creation and retention of quality jobs and building strong regional partnerships that position us in the most positive manner for the future.

I encourage you to read our complete 2013 business plan “Moving Forward,” on the Chamber’s website at www.lawrencechamber.com.

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