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2017 CHAMBER SUCCESSES

  • Recruited new talent and vitality to the Board of Directors and increased board engagement by strategic planning
  • Recruited 100 new members to the Chamber in 2017
  • Division Partners increased from 17 to 25 in 2017
  • Successfully consolidated meetings, leadership and activities of Public Policy, Business Development and Transportation initiatives
  • Revitalized leadership and purpose of Clearwater Young Professionals and Chamber Ambassadors groups
  • Improved content and increased attendance at Trustee lunches and Chamber on the Road lunches
  • Hosted lively Legislative Breakfast event to debrief volatile legislative session – yielded increase in member interest and participation in public policy issues
  • City referendum passes by super-majority on Imagine Clearwater – thanks to advocacy and education to the voting public led by Brian Aungst Jr and other members, who also participated in the Imagine Stakeholders Input Focus Group
  • Chamber’s new website was officially launched in 2017
  • Participated and supported the City’s request for exemption to Special Act of 1925, bill sponsored by Rep Ahern
  • The Jolley Trolley was awarded the PSTA contract for continuation of service – Chamber put out a call to action for comment of support to PSTA
  • Chamber Tourism Partners successfully supported Visit Florida funding & initiatives
  • Every AchieveHers event sold out in 2017 – credit outstanding content and committee
  • Annual Golf Tournament was a huge success due to member support and outstanding committee
  • Created and launched a new format for the visitor’s guide responsive to the needs and input of our Tourism Partner members
  • Achieved triple digit attendance at Tourism Partner meetings with improved content and government affairs watch points
  • Served more than 90,000 visitors at our three Visitor Information CentersStephanie
  • Participated in the expansion of the SPARK partnership and as the result work more closely with PCED/SBDC and SPC on workforce issues
  • Leadership role in Spring Break Park & Ride initiatives with the City and PSTA, Jolley Trolley and Clearwater Ferry
  • Recognized for lending meaningful support to the opening of Clear Sky on Cleveland and driving patronage to the new downtown icon
  • Survived Hurricane Irma and supported our first responder community by hosting Attitudes of Gratitude Breakfast in December
  • Negotiated a new office lease to keep Chamber headquarters and Jazz Holiday offices in downtown Clearwater at 600 Cleveland Street

 

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