As this process gets underway, the Chamber is asking that people visit a website set up to provide progress and information about this process, www.southshorechamber.org (http://www.southshorechamber.org)
In undertaking this South Shore Economic Development Strategy project that will lead to an overall economic development strategy for the South Shore, the Chamber has commissioned the Atlanta-based Market Street Services (www.marketstreetservices.com) as its partner in this endeavor.
The Market Street Services team will work with the Chamber, through the Chamber’s Steering Committee, to navigate through a ten-month process which will include: (1) A competitive assessment of the region; (2) A targeted business analysis; (3) A recommended strategy for regional development;
With all parties agreeing that stakeholder input is crucial, the process will include focus groups, interviews, an online survey, and the presentation of survey findings and recommendations to a regional leadership meeting.
From this first phase, an economic composition analysis will follow, designed to learn what factors may inhibit economic diversification as well as business sectors that can drive future business growth; and the development of a South Shore Economic Development Strategy, and, finally, implementation.
“We believe that every person is an expert about the place in which they live and/or work,” said Peter Forman, President and CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. “Your feedback will help determine the actions needed to grow and diversify the South Shore’s economy and attract and retain the country’s top talent.”
About the South Shore Chamber of Commerce
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has long been recognized throughout the state as one of the most active and forceful advocates for the business community, and numbers among the larger Chambers of Commerce nationally. The South Shore Chamber is a not-for-profit association of businesses in the communities south of Boston. It is committed to helping its members grow their businesses and to improve the business climate in the region. Members range in size from major international corporations headquartered on the South Shore to small local firms and sole proprietorships. For additional information on the Chamber, please visit www.southshorechamber.org or call 617-479-1111.