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16 2014 January 2014 CHAMBER WORKPLAN Thank You! from the Board and the staff for your continued investment. Your investment and support has made it possible to successfully accomplish many goals. The Chamber will continue being a community partner that fosters a sustainable and vibrant economy through business promotion, advocacy, education and service in 2014. 2013 Chamber Activites and Accomplishments … that help encourage Business Growth and a Healthy Community. In order to have an active and strong community in which to live and work, there must be an organized effort working to better that community. That is what the Havre Chamber is; that organized effort. The organized effort comes from the dedicated volunteer Board and the many committee volunteers. Partnerships….. Increase Strength • Membership sponsorships for many projects: Festival Days, Super Certificate, 9-C Hospitality Room and so many more • City and Alberta on 24-hour port at Wild Horse project • Montana Chamber to provide Chamber Choices Insurance plan • Havre Public Schools hosting 2013 Legislative “call-in” • Havre Public Schools, Leadership High School and Graduation Matters • Re-cycle Hi-Line community clean-ups and promotion of monthly recycling events • City to maintain the 1st Street flower planters • Montana Department of Transportation to maintain the 1st Beautification Project Education … Develops an Effective Workforce • Sponsored business seminars and workshops Assistance for Business, Superhost Training and Health Care Forum, Ipad training Committee Projects… Drive the Chamber Ag Committee - The 18th Ag Appreciation Dinner and the Ice Fishing Derby funded $2,000 in MSU-N Scholarships, Northern Agricultural Research Center Field Day barbecue participation, members read to students at Highland Park School during National Ag Week and donate books to their library Athletic Committee - Hosts 9-C basketball tournament and Monday Night Football Book Ambassadors - Held 16 new Member Ribbon Cuttings and two re-Grand Openings Cash Mob project brings awareness to local business, Lunch with Santa and Food Drive and summer community clean-up project Business Development Committee - Six business tours to learn about our main street businesses: Border Patrol, Northern Montana Hospital, BNSF, Al’s Metal Works, Wildflowers, Henny Penny, Enell, Barkus Home Center and Pacific Steel and Recycling Havre Festival Days - Successful community parade and craft show, facilitate weekend, marketing and promo of the 33rd celebration Leadership High School - received PPL Grant, along with BNSF and NorthWestern Energy grants and membership sponsorships Town Square - Sounds on the Square features area bands, with support grants from Devon Energy and Sleeter Fund Saturday Market - brings community together and another record year for vendor participation Tourism - visitation increased with expanded marketing to Canada and surrounding states through the committee and Tourism Business Improvement District branded marketing campaign, “Take a Look Around,” Living History Day Holiday Tree Lighting and Celebration purchased 1,000 new LED lights for the tree, cleaned and refurbished community pole decorations Programs….Support Members Christmas Cash Promotion – over $162 thousand loaned! Chamber Gift Certificate Promotion – Over $260 thousand sold! Check Alert for businesses Communications…. Informs Members Chamber Quarterly Newsletter ~ Website ~ Facebook ~ two new event posters ~ member calls by Board of Directors ~ many email notices to membership to inform on events, meetings, business updates

Chamber Workplan 2014

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