In July, the Chamber announced the launch of a comprehensive project to assess and enhance the region’s competitive advantages to support quality, diverse, economic growth. Working with the Atlanta-based Market Street Services, the Chamber and its Steering Committee will navigate through a process that includes: (1) A competitive assessment of the region; (2) A targeted business analysis; and (3) A recommended strategy for regional development. The Steering Committee is being led by chairpersons:
The Chamber will unveil its first progress report on Wednesday, September 10 at a luncheon to be held at the Lantana, from 11:44 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event, entitled “Update on Regional Development Plan - The South Shore - Where We've been, Where We’re Going and How We’ll Get There” is open to Chamber members, guests, business owners and anyone who wants to learn more about this comprehensive study. Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development;
Preliminary analysis from the study is underway. Findings from the focus groups, and one-on-one interviews with key business and community leaders will be reported to the audience. From the first phase of the study, the Competitive Assessment, will come an assessment of what defines the South Shore as a region: encompassing competitive strengths, challenges, and opportunities. From that point, the next step is a Target Business Analysis which will identify the economic sectors best positioned to drive future growth and wealth creation, taking into account South Shore’s connection to the economic engines of both Boston and Providence. This phase will provide an in-depth assessment of the factors that may be inhibiting economic diversification as well as business sectors that would be best able to drive future growth and wealth creation. The results of the survey (and the implementation thereof) will serve as a blueprint for the South Shore for the next 10 years.
Peter Forman, CEO of the South Shore Chamber, said, “As our Chamber members are probably aware, we have embarked on a long term regional development plan that we will use to continue to make the South Shore the best place to live, work, play--and visit. Now the work of compiling the research and formulating it into a long range plan begins. Our luncheon on September 10th is your opportunity to learn about the process and next steps. This is a 'Must-Attend' for Chamber members and guests who care about the future of our region.”
To learn more about the event or to register, please contact Heather McCall, firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee is $45 for Chamber members and general admission $65.
As this continues, the Chamber invites interested parties to visit the “Our Region” tab from the brand new Chamber website (http://www.southshorechamber.org/
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 781-421-3900.