"Our priorities for 2019 were created to deliver meaningful and measurable results for our investors in areas of need," Odom said in a release. "They are designed in coordination with our economic-generation mission and where we can affect positive outcomes."
The chamber's top priorities for 2019 include:
- strategy for business retention and expansion marketing and outreach;
- six economic development project wins;
- apprenticeship strategy;
- community workforce assessment; and
- chamber awareness campaign.
Odom also acknowledged several results and successes from the chamber's efforts over the past year, including:
- five economic development wins, which generated more than 200 jobs and roughly $30 million in capital investment;
- six business attraction trips, including one in India;
- 135 business retention and expansion visits; and
- the accelerated certification program, which resulted in 54 participants receiving certification in HVAC and plumbing.
Other 2018 results included upgrades to the chamber's website, awards and efforts with local entrepreneurs.