As the Chamber works to better communicate the value of our organization beyond the obvious transactional activities like programs, community marketing and events, this issue’s theme, Growth on the Rise!, helps to articulate the importance of the Chamber’s mission to be transformational in advocating for a strong economic and business environment.
As you read through this issue, you will see the work of public and private industry laying a foundation for future success. We clearly understand that not everyone is a fan of growth but we believe that the few examples included in this issue are truly changing the way Daytona Beach and Volusia County is seen through the eyes of investors, new industry and developers.
The Chamber has played varying roles in much of what is featured in this issue. Advocating to move these projects through important development phases, meeting with and hosting prospective business owners, assisting with groundbreaking and community welcome celebrations and most importantly convening the right organizations and individuals to support the needs of attracting, retaining and expanding business and industry. We are consistently a leading partner in our region’s economic future.
We have tremendous respect for our hospitality industry and realize their importance as an economic engine. We also believe that attracting and improving our inventory of higher-end accommodations signals that now is the time to invest and be a part of rebranding our area to visitors and potential businesses.
In addition to respecting our culture and draw for tourism, we need to continue to work on attracting higher paying jobs and diversifying our industry. The work of higher education and the investment they are making in training future employees, bringing innovative companies to our area and expanding their footprint is an important part of economic development.
As you read through the issue we hope you will have the same take away we have had in putting this together. The projects highlighted in this edition all have something in common; they are led by visionaries who can see beyond the obstacles and who believe in our future as a premiere destination for business, visitors and our residents.
Skip Lilly Chairman Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce Vision H.R., Inc.
Nancy P. Keefer CCE President & CEO Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce