Dear Fellow Stakeholders: Your 2012 Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce begins its 80th year looking back on a year of numerous successes, while fully focused on an ambitious program of work, targeting initiatives of membership relevance.
Thanks to the leadership of the 2010 Chamber Board, chaired by David Welch, and culminating with the achievements of the 2011 Chamber Board, led by Flo Meadows, the Chamber and its talented professional staff garnered our first ever Five-Star Chamber Accreditation in April 2011, only to be topped by National Chamber of the Year recognition in August 2011. Without a doubt, these Chamber accomplishments made 2011 a memorable year.
But as significant a year as the Chamber has just enjoyed, it has already begun an equally relevant program of work this year. Our talented 2012 Board has embarked on divisional initiatives in our key focus group areas, among them Comprehensive Planning, Public Policy, Education, Energy, Innovation and Membership and Finance.
For example, the Comprehensive Planning division is engaging with our city's Comprehensive Plan project as a convener and promoter, contributing Chamber member expertise on business-perspective needs and developing implementation strategies. Similarly, the Public Policy division is continuing its advocacy for a local pro-business climate, and collaborating with the Chamber's political action committee, Empower PAC.
The Education division has continued its focus on transforming PreK-12 and higher education, through a high-profile engagement with the Lafayette Parish School System, its board and the new superintendent. The Education division is also planning to host a first-ever community-sponsored Education Summit.
The Energy division advocates for growth of our local energy economy by its active participation with the U.S. Chamber Energy Institute, lobbying efforts to lift the Gulf of Mexico permitorium and the promotion of compressed natural gas (CNG) usage and infrastructure.
The Innovation division collaborates on innovative partnerships (e.g., the Opportunity Machine, Fibercorps), fosters entrepreneurism and promotes the cultural economy.
Additionally, the Membership and Finance division continues to aggressively recruit new members and provide value-added programming.
Your Chamber is also engaged in other issues of community importance unforeseen at the start of the year. As we continue to adjust our program of work to remain relevant, the Chamber will undoubtedly address many important yet unforeseen and ad-hoc agenda items.
Your Chamber has always and will continue to adapt to our business community's needs, inputs, successes and even occasional crises. The Chamber provides the greatest service to our membership when we remain relevant to our members' agenda.
This Chamber agenda is your agenda.
To maximize your Chamber experience, I invite you to engage by signing up for committee participation, attending Chamber events, promoting Chamber positions and engaging with our political action committee, Empower PAC.
In closing, let me thank you for the great honor to serve as chairman of your Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. I encourage you to join us in helping your chamber achieve its ambitious agenda, your agenda, this year.
Jerry K. Greig, Chairman
2012 Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
2012 Chairman of the Board
Regional Medical Center of Acadiana
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Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette Regional Airport
Hamilton Medical Group
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
Heart Hospital of Lafayette