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Welcome Letter

Dear Friends,

As this year’s Chamber Board Chair, I am hopeful of what opportunities lie ahead for all of our businesses to grow and prosper. Last year, Rochester received national recognition in several capacities as one of the best cities in the country to learn, work and live. Although we are off to a great start, there is much work to be done to make Rochester a globally competitive community, and the Chamber is committed to just that.

The success of the Chamber is directly related to the success of its members. This is why the Chamber strives to create a climate where the business community can develop and flourish. This continues to be done through the three main pillars of the Chamber: workforce and education, advocacy and membership development.

If we are going to compete successfully and win in a world-wide economy, we need a well-educated and well-trained workforce. Your Chamber is committed to leading through collaborative initiatives that ensure a competitive workforce now and in the future. I have seen firsthand the work that is being done to this end. While the Chamber continues to offer superior networking and marketing opportunities for members, and to provide high quality legislative advocacy on behalf of the business community, the Chamber increasingly intensifies its workforce and education efforts to ensure this is a globally competitive community. The Chamber is leading the way in many initiatives surrounding workforce and education while bringing new ideas and people to the table to have meaningful dialogue on how we can create a talent-driven community.

Together, we will build a community that we are all proud of for years to come. You can help by getting involved in the Chamber and making the most of your membership. We need to continue to attract and retain talented people and continue to find ways to engage all types of businesses and our employees.

I appreciate your membership and ask that you continue to make a commitment and investment in the Chamber.

Melissa Brinkman
Chair of the Board

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