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I am excited about the leadership the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce is showing in providing opportunities for citizens to more proactively get involved in local issues.
An organization that functions as a voice of its business members, the chamber is committed to the progressive viability of our community and economy. The Greater Smithfield-Selma Chamber is committed to finding the best common ground for its business community to speak together, work together and find progressive solutions to the challenging and powerful opportunities facing us. Providing a platform for many diverse voices to find common ground and meaningful action is a critical function of a chamber.
November 2015 began a series of forums with the first topic focused on how community and businesses can work together to help our local schools improve. As we explore this venue for convening, I’m pleased to see the interest of citizens to invest themselves more in growing our community as a destination of choice. Most certainly, we all want our lives to be filled with quality experiences and environments, including our schools from early child care to K-12 and secondary education.
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I also find it exciting to see a movement across Johnston County to put more focus on parks and recreation, including the Partnership for Children’s Inclusion Park and the coordination of all our community recreation programs. The new focus, effort and work on countywide economic development is also a sign of a brighter future for us all.
Every issue has a multipronged solution, requiring honest, fair and open conversation and the willingness by all to put aside personal beliefs to find a common path. We continue to build together driven by our vision, creativity and investment.
I’m pleased that we continue exploring the venue of community forum in which we can discover our best path for the future. Several topics stay at the top of the list, including health care, the impact of community growth and how do we maximize our local resources working together.
We are at work putting together that next forum and expect to host it sometime in March. Watch for the date and topic.
Your chamber is busy at work, and we are always excited to have new members stepping up to lead. If you’re not a member, consider becoming one and investing in both yourself and your community.
2016 board chairman, Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce