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The Business View – February 2017 / From the Chairman
Just over a year ago, I stepped into the role as chairman of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, and to say I hit the ground running is an understatement. It’s been a whirlwind year, and on the pages that follow in this issue of The Business View, you’ll have a chance to read some of the past year’s most significant activities.
As a staunch advocate for pro-business legislative policies, and aggressively recruiting additional capital and jobs here, we’ve had our work cut out for us this year. Yet over the past year we’ve announced 230 jobs; led a charge in the legislature to update the state’s antiquated economic development incentives package; created an active minority business networking and counseling program; and added more new members than in the previous two years.
A passion project of mine over the past year has been to challenge employees and employers to rally around projects and agencies that focus on serving Mobile’s neediest. As I mentioned during the 2016 annual meeting, taking this challenge on will not only benefit our community, but companies and employees as well. It’s been great to hear members share their stories – be it at board meetings, in The Business View or on social media – of what they’ve taken on, and how they’re impacting Mobile.
To the 2,000 members of the Mobile Area Chamber, thank you for your investment in this organization, and for supporting the work it does to keep business and industry growing. It’s not an easy job, and it requires a tremendous amount of patience, persistence and trust. But the work that’s being done by the Chamber staff, board and volunteers will have a positive impact on Mobile for many years to come.
This organization is in great hands in 2017 with Liz Freeman with Long’s Human Resource Services as the chair. Please continue to support her this year as you did for me in 2016.
Mark Nix, Infirmary Health
2016 Mobile Area Chamber Board Chairman
Click here to read The Business View – February 2017