2012 Program of Work/2011 Annual Report
Program of Work includes key initiatives in the areas of pro-business advocacy, meaningful networks, leadership, tourism and operations.
2012 PROGRAM OF WORK 2011 ANNUAL REPORT The Lynchburg Regional Chamber serves to strengthen our member businesses and stimulate regional prosperity. Forward by the Chairman We are blessed to live in Central Virginia and equally blessed to have been able to conduct business in a region that is business friendly. Our Chamber of Commerce has been a beacon for this pro-business environment for 129 years and I am proud to say it continues to stand strong in support of this vision. It is no wonder that Lynchburg continues to land in the top 50 of Forbes' annual "Best Places for Business and Careers." Our Chamber year after year has taken the lead in important community efforts to make this community prosperous. We have led the way on key transportation issues, work with our manufacturers through our Central Virginia Industries Council and our hospitality industry with our award winning Tourism program. Our Chamber was again recognized with Five Star Accreditation placing us in the top 2% of Chambers nationwide to reach this distinction! As our community and its businesses move into a new era of enterprise and technology, our Chamber is embarking to move forward as well. Just this January we announced the purchase of a new building in the center of the region and a campaign, "Building for Lynchburg's Future," to fund the remodeling of this space to become a "state of the art" welcoming and positive business hub for the entire community. We at the Chamber look forward to continuing the reputation of excellence as we continue to build for the future! Tulane Patterson, Chairman, 2012 Executive Committee 2012 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman Tulane Patterson, Generation Solutions Past Chair John Keith, J. Crew Secretary Rex Hammond, Lynchburg Regional Chamber Treasurer Greg Nichols, Banker Steel Company Vice Chair Linda Edwards, Interiors by Decorating Den Vice Chair Ken Garren, Lynchburg College Vice Chair Rick A. Huff, CPA/PFS, Huff, Stuart & Carlton Vice Chair Larry Jackson, Appalachian Power Vice Chair Darlene Mack, Successful Innovations, Inc. Vice Chair Jim Richards, Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards, PC Vice Chair Randy Smith, WSET-TV 2 2012 PROGRAM OF WORK The Chamber's 2011 Strategic Planning process involving our board of directors outlines our plans Strategic g g process p g p plans for the next three years. This plan includes key initiatives in the areas of pro-business advocacy, years advocacy meaningful networks, leadership, tourism and operations. Our theme for 2012 is FIT for Success and competitive in the 21st-century global economy. And you as a member, can become or remain As we look to the year ahead, we remain focused on serving our members and the region by staying true to our mission and continuing to be an agent of positive change. Here's a look into our 2012 Program of Work. Priority I: Advocating pro-business public policies Support pro-business legislation and policies that enhance the economic development, transportation and the overall business climate of Lead the Committee to Advance the TransDominion Express, Lynchburg Region Transportation Advocacy Group, and the Air Partnership Committee in furthering transportation initiatives. Ensure funding for Virginia's passenger rail services and expand service to Roanoke and the entire TransDominion Express route Ensure the success of US Air's operation at Lynchburg Regional Airport and recruit a second airline to connect to a northern hub Follow through on the US29 Bypass for the environmental assessment to begin in 2012 with construction to begin in 2013 Support funding requests for local private universities and colleges to increase the annual Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) from the Commonwealth of Virginia from $2650 for undergraduate/$1150 graduate to $2800 for both undergraduate and graduate students. Promote worksite wellness and oppose mandated healthcare products and costs by protecting the business community and supporting efforts to reduce healthcare costs, including pooling to increase buying strength, accounts, and other affordable means. Encourage businesses to create or enhance worksite wellness programs to assist with cost containment of health care plans. alternative energy sources while keeping Virginia competitive in the energy market. Support expansion of traditional energy sources like nuclear, clean coal, natural gas, as well as, development of cost-effective renewable energy sources. Provide additional incentives to encourage sustainable business practices. Support for a Constitutional amendment or federal law that requires the federal government to balance the annual budget. Dawn Best, Legislative Affairs Chair Amtrak's daily round-trip service between Lynchburg, Washington, D.C., and other cities along the Northeast Corridor has exceeded all expectations. Photo courtesy G.R. Harper. Lynchburg Regional Airport is actively seeking a second airline to provide both business and leisure travelers with convenient connections through a People Are Talking About: REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION ADVOCACY... " I cannot say enough about the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce's role in advancing the US29 Bypass around Charlottesville. The Lynchburg Chamber has championed this issue for almost 20 years. When most people had given up, Rex Hammond and the Chamber refused to go away. They kept the Bypass alive by working with the Legislature and keeping the issue in the forefront of the media. They worked behind the scenes with many community leaders to bring about would not be moving forward. Mark J. Peake, Esquire, Caskie & Frost 3 2012 PROGRAM OF WORK, CONTINUED Priority II: P o Launch Work Healthy V o & Launch YEA! (Young Entrepreneurship Academy) ' Host annual Leadership Lynchburg Alumni refresher course Claussen Warren, CHAT Chair Molly Cousins, Leadership Lynchburg Council Chair ' V Engage increased number of our membership Conduct three international trips Strengthen the relationships Continue to host and co-sponsor networking and training programs Chamber members and their friends can travel with the Chamber of Commerce to Spain in November 2012. Conduct the 41st Class of Leadership Lynchburg Priority III: Launch the capital campaign, "Building for Lynchburg's Future" ensure that all Chamber events and programs are consistent with the mission and provide value to the membership Greg Nichols, Finance Chair Tulane Patterson, Board Chair Continue to utilize the Chamber's social media outlets Secure 100+ new members The proposed new state-of-the-art Chamber facility People Are Talking About: LEADERSHIP LYNCHBURG... " 4 Leadership Lynchburg is more than a leadership program. It is an empowerment tool for individuals who seek to grow personally and professionally in their leadership roles. LL enabled me to step outside of my comfort zone, examine weaknesses, and learn more about how my leadership style is perceived by others. By working together with others seeking to strengthen the way they "lead" in various capacities, I was held accountable for developing and growing instead of reverting to what was comfortable. Jenna L. Lodge, Community Court Advocate, Community Outreach Manager, YWCA of Central Virginia Priority IV: Through the Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, Market Lynchburg to the Leisure, Group Tour, Meetings/ Convention and Sports Markets Expand leisure marketing footprint through more diverse media. Continue to aggressively pursue the group travel market and its high economic return for Lynchburg. Greg Starbuck, Tourism Chair Remain a leader in destination marketing with new, innovative technologies in all discoverLynchburg initiatives. for local frontline hospitality workers top priority for all Lynchburg stakeholders. Grow International marketing initiatives with more investment in proven, targeted partnerships. Priority V: Educating, Strengthening & Supporting the Small Business Sponsor a series of seminars/sessions designed to educate, inform and assist small business owners in meeting the challenges of establishing and growing their businesses. Recognize successful businesses through the Small Business of the Year Award. Rick Huff, Small Business Chair discoverLynchburg is ma rketing Lynchburg with today's dig ital technology Emphasize access to programs and services through our communications, committees and staff ensuring that our 900+ members are aware of all we offer to assist them in running their business effectively and Deliver quality and valuable programs and discounts to the small business members by leveraging our group buying power. Engage small business owners by seeking their input on innovative ways to assist their growth. SUPPORTING YOUR BUSINESS Programs at a Glance Here are the events you can participate in to make new contacts, learn valuable information and engage in the work of the Chamber: Luncheon Here are just some of the ways you can receive assistance from the Chamber: members!) lists Discount Programs and Incentives services from these companies and place of business to discuss business issues assistance topics 5 2011 ANNUAL REPORT The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to leading the growth and prosperity of the Lynchburg region. As a member and investor, you are central to the work we do every day to strengthen the region's workforce, support small and entrepreneurial businesses, and improve the transportation infrastructure in the region. In the past year, the Chamber created a three year strategic plan � the blueprint for growth for the Chamber. 2011 was year one in the plan and we accomplished many great things on your behalf. Here is a brief summary of how we maximize your investment to ensure our region is seen as a top destination to live, work and play. from U. S. Chamber and Accreditation for Lynchburg Regional CVB by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Bypass of Charlottesville. Staff & members of the project, defended against the misrepresentation of the cost of this project, rallied support for the project and represented the cause in dozens of media stories. Chamber President & CEO Rex Hammond at accreditation ceremony. Regional CVB honored with American Chamber of Commerce Executives Silver Awards for Chamber website and discoverLynchburg travel app for mobile phones. China and Tuscany with 151 participants. facility. with Lynchburg Regional Airport to secure a $700,000 Federal grant. an increase in Visitor spending in the City from $136 Million to $143 million. Business". languages promoting sites in and around Lynchburg to the international travel market (on YouTube, Facebook, website and more). Chamber to launch YEA! a youth leadership program designed to reduce high school dropout rates and equip students with a healthy work ethic and entrepreneurial education. consecutive year and maintained 90 percent retention of member dollars, exceeding the national average. earnings. Campaign in the state, Best International Initiative in the state and Sales team of the year recognizing a 77% increase in closed group sales. LRCVB also received a 2011 ConventionSouth Readers' Choice Award for group tour travel. (CVIC) and new strategic partnership with Virginia Manufacturers Association to offer Central VA. discoverLynchburg staff honored with three top state awards for tourism. members of Congress addressed our Chamber. 6 2011 BY THE NUMBERS: Courtney Hunter, Group Sales Manager for discoverLynchburg selling Lynchburg as a destination for business and group travel. Grand opening and After Hours networking event at Lynchburg True Value and Just Ask Rental. results for you and your business 713,703 Total number of referrals of member businesses 4,000+ Event participants 200+ Visits that staff and our CHAT Ambassador Team conducted with member employers to identify and solve workforce and business development needs The second annual Wing Fling drawing over 350 attendees. Katherine DeRosear with Virginia Manufactures Virginia Industries Council Roundtable. 50 Events hosted for membership to network, learn and engage in the work of the Chamber 46 Ribbon Cuttings/Grand opening ceremonies conducted for members 10 2011 Women of Worth Luncheon honoring outstanding female professionals. Chamber hosted Congressional breakfast with Congressman Goodlatte (left) and Delegate Garrett (right). Co-sponsored member events giving them increased visibility and promotion People Are Talking About: HOLIDAY SHOWCASE... " I would like to take a moment to thank the Chamber for another great Holiday Showcase. I thought it felt very fresh Homestead. As usual - great work! Rachael Thompson Director of Regional Accounts, The Homestead 7 PREMIUM INVESTORS 2012 PEAK LEVEL CENTRA The News & Advance WSET-TV 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jack Bobbitt, Prototype Advertising, Inc. Bill Bryant, Counts Realty & Auction Co. Inc. Michael Bryant, CENTRA John S. Capps, Central Virginia Community College Ed Craighill, Boxley Steve Cronemeyer, Verizon Christian H. DePaul, CFP, MS, CDFA, Ameriprise Financial Linda Edwards, Interiors by Decorating Den Linda Edwards Georgia Fauber, Kroll Background America Kenneth Garren, Lynchburg College Cheryl Giggetts, PMP, AECOM Aubrey "Todd" H. Hall III, First National Bank Rex K. Hammond, CCE, IOM, MBA, Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Gary Hostutler, RR Donnelley we're here for you & your business! 2012 SUMMIT LEVEL BB&T Wells Fargo 2012 CREST LEVEL First National Bank J. Crew, Inc. Liberty University The Summit SunTrust Bank 2012 RIDGE LEVEL Appalachian Power AREVA, Inc. The Babcock & Wilcox Company Bank of America Bank of the James Genworth Financial Progress Printing Plus Thomas Road Baptist Church Verizon Wireless Westminster Canterbury Larry E. Jackson, Appalachian Power Samuel E. Johnson CPA, Cherry, Bekaert & John Keith, J. Crew Ronald G. Kidd, Jr., Southern Air, Inc. Mike Lee, Genworth Financial Darlene Mack, Successful Innovations, Inc. Patrick S. McNamara, MaxPlayFit, LLC , AREVA Inc. Greg Morris, AMG, Inc. Lewis H. Mundin IV, Bankers Insurance, LLC Greg Nichols, Banker Steel Company, LLC Sharon Oglesby, Oglesby Management Group, Inc. Josh Oppenheimer, Prototype Media LLC Tulane Patterson, Generation Solutions L. Kimball Payne III, City of Lynchburg & 2012 BASE LEVEL American National Bank Bankers Insurance LLC CENTRA Foundation Central Virginia Community College Central Virginia Family Physicians Central Virginia Federal Credit Union Century 21 All-Service - Forest Coleman-Adams Construction, Inc. Dawson Ford Garbee Enterprise Rent-A-Car First Citizens Bank Fleet Laboratories Jamerson Family YMCA Liberty University Law School Lynchburg City Schools Lynchburg College Lynchburg Ready Mix Lynchburg Regional Airport MemberOne FCU Piedmont Eye Center Randolph College Southern Air, Inc. Successful Innovations Teva Pharmaceuticals Tomlin & Associates, LLC Verizon Virgina Bank & Trust Virginia Episcopal School Virginia's Region 2000 Economic Development Council Watts Petroleum Corporation www.LynchburgChamber.org www.DiscoverLynchburg.com 434/845-5966 2015 Memorial Avenue Lynchburg, VA 24501 Lynchburg Chamber Discover Lynchburg J.R. "Reggie" Pugh, AREVA Inc. James R. Richards, Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards, PC Randy Smith, WSET, Incorporated (WSET-TV) Douglas S. Wolfe, The Babcock & Wilcox Company �2012 The Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Designed by Blair Marketing, Lynchburg VA. www.BlairMarketing.com