Congratulations to the chambers featured in the Top 10 stories highlighting leadership on innovation and economic development.
“The Lancaster Chamber applauds the bi-partisan efforts to support Pennsylvania’s manufacturing and solar deployment,” said Tom Baldrige, the Chamber’s President & CEO. “Several of our member companies will benefit from the new law and the $30 million for the Solar Energy Program. We hope to attract more solar manufacturing and development in the state and in our county,” he added.
Since 2014, the 2,200-member organization has taken the lead in an initiative known as “Memphis Clean by 2019” in partnership with the non-profit, Clean Memphis, which has a goal of making Memphis the cleanest city in the nation.
At the recent Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP) conference in Clarion, more than 60 local chambers learned how energy efficiency, home-grown solar energy, and innovative finance mechanisms can help save member companies money, and attract more investment and jobs to the Keystone state.
Local chambers of commerce in North Carolina have first-hand experience with the benefits that come from the rising demand for, and investments in, clean energy.
So when Amazon was named as a 2017 Clean Energy Champion at this year’s annual Clean Energy Awards event hosted by Conservatives for Clean Energy and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, it was welcome news for one of the chambers that has already benefited from North Carolina’s first wind farm: Amazon Wind Farm US East.
When Ann Silver took over the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce a year ago, she quickly identified a challenge that many local chamber leaders face: She calls it the “cannibalizing of the chamber brand.”
There was a rise in new professional groups that presented competition for members, and, in her view, a need to take a fresh look at the question: What value proposition does a local chamber of commerce offer its members?
Any local chamber of commerce understands how important it is to support their smaller member companies in new revenue opportunities. That's why the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce in northern Michigan is partnering with Consumers Energy for a "Meet the Buyer" summit early next month to promote connections between the large utility and smaller businesses.
As many states vie to be selected as Amazon’s second headquarters, local chambers from across North Carolina – site of an Amazon wind farm – gathered last month to discuss the role of chambers and state policy in attracting investments from corporations that are increasingly demanding renewable energy
More than three-dozen local chambers of commerce and member businesses met with legislators last month for the largest convening of local chambers at the Massachusetts Statehouse to discuss clean energy.
Rep. Thomas Golden, Jr. (D-Lowell), Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), briefed them on what to expect from the remainder of the 2017-2018 session, saying the goal is to build on last year’s work to ensure that Massachusetts remains a clean energy leader.