Lancaster Chamber Newsletter - January/February 2015 - (Page 1)
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A Letter from the Chairman
2015 - The Year of Transformation
By: Bob Macina, Chairman of the Board, The Lancaster Chamber
Executive Vice President Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel,
Lancaster General Health
It is an honor to serve as the 2015 Chair of the Board for The Lancaster Chamber, and I
deeply appreciate the confidence the Board and the membership have placed in me to lead
the organization. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead and the privilege to
serve such a fine organization and business community.
I approach this new assignment with a full understanding of the challenges and the
opportunities that lay before The Chamber and the broader Lancaster County community. Most significantly, however,
I approach this new assignment with a spirit of optimism.
This year will be a very exciting one as we begin a process to envision our future and think about all of the
possibilities for The Chamber and its capacity to positively affect the Lancaster County community. This journey will
involve fellow Board of Directors, Chamber staff, volunteers, members and non-members alike as we review virtually
all aspects of our organization. We are committed to evaluating what we do, how we do it, the unique role we serve,
and the opportunities we have to strengthen and advance business in Lancaster County. This will not be easy, but I am
sure a Chamber of this caliber is up to the task.
As we define our future, we are doing so from a place of strength, as we have an enviable track record of
accomplishments: officially holding the title of 'Chamber of the Year' twice in 10 years; our nationally recognized Think
Local Program; our collaborative effort in developing our community's Prosperity Indicators; our collective voice and
impact on legislative issues through our advocacy efforts; our Annual Dinner, the envy of many communities as a way to
celebrate the impact and success of the local business community; and our ever-growing Women-in-Business mentoring
program. Additionally, we cannot ignore the number of impressive lists Lancaster County has found itself on in the past
year or so, such as: the Fourth Most Exciting City in America (Lancaster); the Coolest Small Town in America (Lititz);
a Top Twenty Small Town to Visit (Columbia); the #1 faith-based travel destination in the country; and the list goes on.
Without doubt, we have a strong foundation on which to build and momentum is on our side.
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Building on Our Strengths and Strong Foundation
Learn how your membership makes an impact at the Annual Business Meeting
Friday, February 20
7:30 to 9 a.m.
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton,
2400 Willow Street Pike
You're invited to join us for an engaging and interactive presentation about
how The Chamber's work will make an impact on you, your employees and your
business in 2015 at our Annual Business Meeting.
The event will mark the launch of an aggressive assessment on most everything
we do and the impact we generate in the business and broader community.
This is an ideal opportunity for members from all levels of participation, from regular volunteers and event participants
to those who are not regularly engaged, to become better acquainted with our organization and the programs, services and
initiatives we offer to spur business vitality and growth in Lancaster County.
Come learn how your investment in The Chamber is continuing to help position us all at the center of a prosperous
The cost to attend is $10 and includes a served breakfast. To register, see the Action Line on p11 or visit
lancasterchamber.com then "Calendar of Events."
In October, The Chamber conducted
a comprehensive membership survey
which us for the 38th Annual
Join yielded 652 participants from a
broad range of industries and a fairly even
Agriculture Industry Banquet
mix of company sizes, representative of
our membership. Eighty-six percent of
respondents were engaged at some level
(somewhat, engaged, very).
The Chamber regularly asks new
members and long-standing members
"what was your primary reason for
joining The Chamber?" and the answers
have remained consistent over the
years. They are networking, advocacy,
professional development and marketing
and promotional opportunities, however,
this year there was a slight shift in
responses. A majority of members joined
for networking, followed by being a part
of an organization that has a collective
voice on advocacy issues, being associated
with a well-respected organization and to
help carry out The Chamber's mission "to
build Lancaster County in to a model of
prosperity for 21st Century America."
Through the survey, we also learned
that our members have a fairly positive
outlook for 2015, with 78% of member
businesses expecting to grow moderately
or significantly this year. This is true across
all industries and company sizes. The hiring
outlook is improving as well, with 61%,
up from 58% in 2013, saying they expect
to hire new positions this year. In regards
to spending, 46% of companies reported
they are doing more business with local
companies today and 72% of individuals
are doing more business locally than they
were just two years ago.
When asking respondents, "how
influential do you feel The Chamber is
in the community?" 97% of respondents
believe The Chamber is very, extremely or
moderately influential. The Chamber
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