Chambers of Commerce have never been more crucial, helping their communities through a pandemic and focusing on economic recovery and growth far into the future. In October, communities across the nation and the state recognized and celebrated these organizations, professionals and volunteers for their work that is both catalytic and transforming. Governor Asa Hutchinson proclaimed the week of October 19-23 as Chamber of Commerce Week while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives observed National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day on October 21.
Cities of Rogers and Lowell Issue Proclamation in Support of the Chamber
Rogers Mayor Greg Hines and Lowell Mayor Chris Moore also proclaimed the week of October 19-23 as Chamber of Commerce Week in Rogers and Lowell. As part of the week’s celebration, both mayors were featured in an interview in October conducted by iHeartMedia’s Jake McBride with the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce’s SVP of Economic Development, Steve Cox and President/CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, Randy Zook.
“The Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is an essential part of Lowell’s economic development,” Mayor Moore said. “They not only help us promote local business, but they also help us bring new business to the city. With Lowell rapidly growing, we appreciate their support and guidance when it comes to our future infrastructure and planning needs.”
“The Chamber is where inclusive and strategic conversations take place in our community,” Mayor Hines said. “They are the glue that brings together government, healthcare, education, large and small industry, retail and professional services. Having those conversations about how we grow as a community, what we provide and how we improve from a quality of life perspective, has been a successful model for a number of decades now and we look forward to continued cooperation with them in the future.”
About the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is a nonprofit business and community development organization serving Rogers, Lowell, and Northwest Arkansas. While the Chamber works in close partnership with the city governments in Rogers and Lowell, it is a private entity and not a government agency. Working together with its members, partners and investors, it is the trusted source for growing the region’s business, activating high-impact leaders and building a strong and diverse community. That’s its Mission. The Chamber welcomes individuals, businesses of all sizes, non-profit organizations and representatives of government, education and industry to its membership. It is a diverse and inclusive organization. Members, partners and investors come together to learn, to teach, to grow, to connect and to give back to their community. They invest their time and money knowing that it takes all of us to build a vibrant community and sustain future success. They join the Chamber because they share its Vision and understand that supporting the Chamber’s mission work will get us there – it’s an investment in our future.
Keeper of the Community Vision
The Chamber’s Vision is to be the center of world-class business, welcoming communities, and opportunities for all. Since 1989 the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has also been the Keeper of the Community Vision and proactively collaborated with city and regional leaders to produce strategic visioning plans. VISION 100 is the most recent program unveiled at the 2019 Leaders Conference in the Fall of 2019. It was developed by engaging in a process of discovering the kind of future the Rogers-Lowell community wanted. Residents were given opportunities last year to express their ideas in an online survey and a series of community tables. Through this discovery, we learned what our community envisions for itself in anticipation of our area reaching a population of 100,000 before 2035.
A Values-Driven Culture
The Chamber believes in five Core Values that influence its culture and the work it does as an organization. Brad Phillips, SVP of Marketing Communications, said, “In an ever-changing world, core values are constant. Core values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. The values underlie our work, how we interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission. The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work. They are the practices we use every day in everything we do.”
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