The present is where everything begins
(as was released in Chamber Today 1st Edition 2019)
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as your 2019 Chamber Chairman. While contemplating the challenge and opportunity of this position, I came across a quote from a true rock and roll pioneer, Carlos Santana, who said, “Most people think only about the future or live in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.” 2019 is our present and I hope you will join me in it and strive each new day to make Jefferson City a great place to work, live and play.
Since coming to town a few years ago, I have been so impressed by what an active and effective chamber we have! Not all chambers are like the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce. This chamber truly embodies its mission to improve the economy and quality of life in Jefferson City. I feel honored to follow in the footsteps of those that have served before be dating back to 1893.
The chamber is working on many exciting projects in 2019. The first large scale project is Project Port. Last year we successfully established the Heartland Port Authority of Central Missouri and now are working with state and regional economic development agencies to develop a targeted plan to attract businesses to the port. We are also working to secure funding for the project over the next year.
The chamber is also working to redevelop the 32 acres of undeveloped land surrounding one of Jefferson City’s top tourist attractions, the Missouri State Penitentiary. Proposed redevelopment uses would be hotels, entertainment venues, dining, retail, housing/lofts/apartments, offices and/or a convention center. We are currently working to identify a developer to propel these ideas into motion.
Both of these projects are major game changers that can have a profound economic impact for Jefferson City and we are really looking forward to seeing these projects come to life.
We are not only proud of the hard work by our Board of Directors, committee participants, and volunteers but are also proud of our membership. Our organization has seen success and our membership is growing. We are increasing in numbers every week and have made great strides in improving our member satisfaction by rolling out our retention team in 2018.
We should all have great pride in our city and encourage each and every one of you to make this city what you want it to be. In being a part of the chamber, everyone has the resources to accomplish their goals, especially if we work together. Our wish for you in being a part of the chamber is that you can take ownership in your community and have pride in who and what we are.
Lastly, thank you for all that each and every one of you does to make our community great!