MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR - The Year of Work Begins
Our first board meeting of the year was extremely productive and we are well into the process of building a robust strategic plan for our organization. We are currently in the process of revamping our by-laws, populating our committees and task forces and working on other governance matters.
I cannot stress enough to our members the importance and significance of our strategic plan. It will serve as the framework that will guide the organization now and into the future with the goal of maintaining the Amherst Chamber of Commerce as a dynamic and relevant local chamber with a regional vision.
I look forward to engaging our members throughout this process including monthly updates in my First Monday column as well as at other events and Chamber functions throughout the year.
On another note, thank you to everyone who attended The Event on February 22nd at the Adam's Mark. The turnout and support of our members, board of directors and investors was outstanding. All in all it was a very successful event and with a few tweaks The Event will be even better next year! Congratulations to all of the honorees.
I also want to congratulate our President and CEO, Colleen DiPirro, for once again for being recognized as one of Western New York's most influential leaders. Colleen was ranked number 30 out of the 250 most influential people in Western New York as compiled by Business First. This is a tribute to Colleen's selfless work on behalf of our organization.
Finally, we are closely watching a number of items as outlined in our 2016 Public Policy Committee agenda which was unveiled at our Annual Luncheon in January. There also are a couple of items that we are monitoring that will have a significant impact on our members if passed into law - the $15 per hour minimum wage and paid family medical leave.
We will continue to have discussions with our elected leaders in state government about these issues and convey our concerns about their impacts on the business community.