In response to interest in economic development issues expressed by Chamber members and others in the Monadnock Region, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce launched its Regional Issues Series in 2015. The goal of the series, which aims to present 4-6 forums each year, is to shine a light on the perennial "backbone issues" that experts tell us will inform our economic future. In our region, the issues include:
- Workforce Development & Preparedness
- Digital Infrastructure (broadband, cell coverage)
- Transportation & Physical Infrastructure
- Energy (current costs, renewables)
- Local, Nonprofit & Arts Economy
- Environmental Sustainability
- Workforce Housing
- Population Health
- Raise awareness of the issues, and why they matter to the Monadnock Region economy
- Increase understanding of the complexities and nuances of the issues
- Invite engagement by Chamber members and others in efforts to address the issues
- Encourage Chamber members to advocate on issues of importance to them
As with much of what we do, the Regional Issues Series depends on our ability to work with organizations and individuals in Keene and throughout the Monadnock Region on the types of issues that position us for economic growth and vitality in the years ahead.
With this in mind, we intend to convene and communicate with our members and others in ways we hope will help "move the needle" on these important issues. We are grateful to our partners in this work for the collaborative spirit we know and love about our corner of the world, and look forward to working with our members, and other stakeholders, in 2018 and beyond.
Join us at an upcoming RIS Presentation!