Celebrating Chamber of Commerce Week in Alabama – October 19-23, 2020
President Ronald Regan once said, “no community will ever be very much better than its chamber of commerce causes it to be.” As we celebrate the efforts of the 100+ local chambers of commerce across the great State of Alabama in observance of Chamber of Commerce Week, we know that Alabama remains a strong, vibrant, and attractive place to do business because of their efforts.
Have you ever stopped to think where your community would be without your local chamber of commerce? As chamber of commerce professionals, many of us have given great thought to our vision and mission and to the entities we are privileged to serve.
While often behind the scenes, the work of these local chambers of commerce helps support and create a space in which businesses can succeed. As these businesses succeed, our economic engine in the great State of Alabama grows and thrives. These local chambers are working together for the creation and retention of wealth in both the business and civic communities they serve.
The future of our state depends on having a vibrant economy and healthy business environment. The strong leadership from local chambers of commerce provides for an important grassroots commitment to the economic well-being and future of Alabama.
Our local chambers of commerce ensure continued access to the notion of free enterprise by securing a competitive marketplace that allows businesses to compete and grow. Working together to build the “we” is exactly how a local chamber of commerce remains vital in any local community and continues to improve our quality of life. Alabama’s local chamber of commerce leaders are asking vital questions about what kind of communities they want to be and live in. These chambers are engaging and working on solutions to the problems facing them by creating a place of dialogue, problem-solving, and cooperation.
Alabama is blessed to have some of the absolute best local chambers of commerce in the country. The men and women of these chambers make it their mission to “build a better Alabama through strong chambers of commerce.” During Chamber of Commerce Week (October 19-23, 2020), I hope you will visit your local chamber of commerce, thank them for their efforts, and get involved today to help guarantee an even better tomorrow.
Jeremy L. Arthur, CCE is president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees, Institute for Organization Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. A lifelong Alabamian, you can find him cheering for his alma mater, Auburn University, or reading his favorite book, “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Alabama native, Nelle Harper Lee.