I am very honored to be serving as the 2017 Board Chair, and look forward to working with all of you to make 2017 a very productive and prosperous venture.
We love our “rural” county and beautiful countryside. Many in our community would love to keep the county as it is. However, we are in a changing environment and growth has slowed in recent years. Demographics are changing, with young people leaving the county and not returning. School enrollment continues to decline. Highly qualified teachers are leaving the county. We must work together to bring “controlled” growth back to the county. The county needs affordable work force housing in order to retain our young future entrepreneurs. Teachers’ salaries should stay current with step increases and cost of living adjustments. We need to start addressing these issues to allow businesses in Calvert County to flourish.
To do this, the Chamber is focused on working collaboratively and strategically with local officials to promote a healthy economic climate in the region. We are helping to shape the future of Calvert County as a prime destination for doing business, while maintaining our rural atmosphere to preserve this paradise we call home.
The Chamber provides products and services to its member businesses helping them grow and prosper. The Chamber acts as the voice of business in government affairs. We offer members relevant networking events that are valuable opportunities to grow their business. We host committees to help our members grow. Our Committees include Ambassadors, Government Affairs, Leadshare, Non-Profit Alliance, Young Professionals, and Women to Women. All members are welcome to join and participate!
To be successful we need your help. We need your ideas on what is needed to build successful businesses and a vibrant economy. We need to know if we are providing the right products and services to help you grow and prosper. We need your input to make sure we are doing all we can to help build a world-class community one business at a time. With that in mind, Calvert County Community Planning and Building Department is working on “Calvert 2040: Your County, Your Future.” They need your input. They are looking to build a new Comprehensive Plan to provide the vision of a bright future for Calvert County. I ask that you become involved at this critical time, either through the Chamber, or directly with the Community Planning and Building Department.
The Chamber would love for your business to become the next success story. If there is any way we can help you, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. We will continue to be a channel for connecting members with resources as well as a catalyst for job and business growth.
As a small business owner, I want to share my pride and dedication to this community. With your help we may continue to work together with our Business, Government, and Education partners to ensure a bright and prosperous future for ourselves and our children.
2017 Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board