I have always enjoyed working with the local chamber in Grand Junction. After over ten years of being a member, I have gotten more involved in committee work. That means I have been spending more time at the Chamber for meetings and planning. It is clear to me that they really do work on behalf of the members. The question I have heard the most is “What do you think?” That is refreshing!Refreshing approach (- Brad Humphrey, Humphrey RV)
BOARDS & COMMITTEES
Any Grand Junction Area Chamber member can volunteer on one of the organization’s multiple committees to assist with the important work of the organization. Each year the board reviews the committee structure and makes changes to maximize the volunteers’ investment of time. Most committee service is limited to two to four hours per month. Shown below are current committees:
Air Service Task Force
The Air Service Task Force was created to bring together varied interests to explore the opportunities for expanding daily commercial air service into and out of Grand Junction. In early 2017 the task force will be converting to a stand-alone non-profit organization with an appointed board but volunteers are always welcome to assist this board.
Board of Directors*
The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors consists of eighteen to twenty members who serve a four-year term and provide policy direction for the organization. Terms are staggered so each year there are
four to five openings on the board. Members who are interested in serving on this elected board are encouraged to submit a letter of interest to Diane Schwenke at any time. The nomination process typically occurs in August.
Diplomats provide communication and outreach with current and future Chamber members. Committee members participate in ribbon cuttings, directory delivery drive, welcome new members at Business After Hours and
assist with other events and member engagement throughout the year.
Emerging Workforce Collaborative
In addition to Chamber members interested in workforce development, this committee also has representation from District 51, Western Colorado Community College, Mesa County Workforce Center and the Mesa County Business Education Foundation. Work items include promoting and encouraging activities that will assist employers and
future employees in building relationships and engaging in needed skill development. Programs include Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Hire Me First, CareerWise Apprenticeships, ACT Workforce Ready Community Certification and KickStart internship opportunities.
Energy in all forms is important to the local business community from direct involvement in its development to managing this expense that all businesses have. This committee plans bi-monthly briefings on emerging energy topics and provides direction on policy issues related to energy development for the Chamber.
With over 100 members, this is the largest Chamber committee. Members help to draft policy guidelines; provide member input on issues; and generally, direct the policy discussions and actions of the Chamber as delegated by
the Board of Directors. Members attend videoconference sessions with area lawmakers and a relationship-building trip to the State Capitol in the spring. This committee is most active October through May.
Members of this committee help recruit participants and plan the elements of the ten-month class for up to 25 current and aspiring leaders in the community. The group meets twice a year but committee members are
assigned to one full day of planning and implementation as well.
Local Economic Development
A new committee, Economic Development is focused primarily on existing business retention and expansion efforts. Staffed by the Chamber Business Retention/Expansion Specialist, members of the committee will assist in identifying opportunities for business outreach that could lead to job creation and provide direction on a number of business issues including development of sustainable funding sources for business expansion operations, identifying barriers to business growth and development and marketing of a foreign trade zone.
Total Resource Campaign
Volunteers on this committee assist in the recruitment of businesses and individuals to participate in an annual campaign to more effectively engage local and regional businesses in supporting initiatives and programs of the
Chamber. The Committee is most active from June through November.
Young Professionals Network
YPN is a group of young professionals who participate in monthly networking events just for them as they grow their network and their support system. There is an additional charge to join the network which is used to defray event costs for the group. Find out more about the Young Professionals Network at www.ypnmc.org.
*Committees with an asterisk require an invitation to join in order to insure that representation and size are maintained for effectiveness.
If you are interested in serving on a committee or would like more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-242-3214.