MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Time to get back to work!
Speaking of which, the Chamber has been doing just that over the last week as we have been diligently finalizing the copy for the Strategic Plan as well as preparing the copy for the 2017 Public Policy Agenda. The Chamber's Public Policy Council and the Emerging Business Leaders Public Policy Council have been diligently compiling the various local, state and federal items that we will be advocating for throughout 2017. Needless to say, with the dramatic changes occurring in Washington and the potential for a tumultuous legislative session in Albany, it could be a very, very interesting year.
During my remarks upon being sworn in as Chairman at our Annual Meeting last January, I stressed that our number one priority for the year was the adoption and implementation of a new strategic plan for the Amherst Chamber of Commerce. I am very pleased to announce that we have achieved that historic milestone. This was the result of the efforts of a number of individuals, particularly the members of the strategic plan task force and various board members.
The five objectives identified for the strategic plan are equally important; they should not be viewed in silos as each objective is inextricably tied to each other. For the purposes of this message for the January First Monday though, I would like to focus on our objective of Advancing the Region, as so much of our work is committed to that and in particular, the various legislative items that we are focusing on to advance the region from an economic development standpoint.
The 2017 Public Policy Agenda will once again focus on advocating for issues that help our members - large and small - prosper and thrive. We need to sustain the momentum that has resulted in the unprecedented economic resurgence of our region over the last few years. Our public policy agenda has been developed with that very thought in mind!
We look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting on January 27, 2017 at Classics V restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard. At that time, we will once again unveil our annual public policy agenda and hear from Amherst Town Supervisor Barry Weinstein who will be giving his last State of the Town Address to our membership. We also are honored that newly elected New York State Senator Chris Jacobs will be swearing in the Chamber officers and Board members.
Best wishes for health, happiness and prosperity in 2017!