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Highlights of the Year

2016-17


Chamber Facility:  Installed full landscape plan at Chamber, as designed by Chamber member Tony Tate Landscape Architecture. The landscape installation followed the exterior lighting and new parking lot with curbing, completing the Chamber property renovation.
 
Expanded Chamber Member Benefits:  Added money-saving opportunities that are exclusive to Chamber members:  access to Workers’ Comp, relyMD telemedicine, FSIoffice supplies and MPX credit card processing – all with special member-only pricing.  Many Chamber board members and members have switched to these money-saving quality services.
 
Wake County Transit Referendum:  Supported and marketed the passage of the transit referendum that will result in both Bus Rapid Transit and commuter rail in Garner.
 
Student Engagement - “Reality of Work:” The Chamber and Town worked with Garner Magnet High School to offer “Reality of Work;” a series of workshops including resume writing and job applications, dressing for success, interview preparation, and mock interviews. The culmination of the job-readiness program was a job fair where students incorporated all they had learned, “dressed for success,” and completed job applications.
 
Student Engagement - Chamber Events:  Worked with area high schools and colleges to engage a record number of students in three of the Chamber’s signature events:  Women in Business, CONNECT and the Awards Gala.  Students attended the events but were also coached in networking and presentation at business events. 
 
Garner Young Professionals: Launched a Chamber Young Professionals organization that meets monthly for professional development, service projects and networking.
 
Member Engagement:  Broke attendance records for the Women in Business luncheon, Awards Gala, golf and the CONNECT Conference.
 
Connection Through Digital Communication:  The Chamber’s electronic reach has expanded to a monthly average of nearly 11,000 Website page views; 4,700 e-News opens this year; more than 10,000 clicks in the People’s Choice campaign and more than 2,000 Facebook “likes” (41% increase over past year) with monthly reach of 46,000.
 
Broadway Voices in the Limelight: The success of the series continued through its seventh season, bringing additional acclaim to Garner through a regional marketing campaign.
 
Maintained Solid Financial Position: Review by an independent auditing firm acknowledged the Chamber’s continued solid financial position.