The GMCC Board of Directors completed a strategic planning process that set a new direction and focus for the Chamber.

This planning process included a comprehensive survey of the entire membership and then engaged the membership in the planning process by holding focus groups that suggested action steps. Three major initiatives and goals were identified. Please read below to learn more.

Economic Development

Goal:

Create an environment that will attract new business and promote growth for existing businesses in the greater Manchester region.

Why:

Ensuring a growing, prosperous business community is at the heart of the Chamber’s mission. By serving as a catalyst, facilitator, and advocate for economic development, the Chamber will support job growth and economic expansion across the greater Manchester region.

To achieve this, the Chamber is:
  • Leading a taskforce of business leaders to identify and address the barriers to attracting new business to the region.
  • Providing economic development resources and training to new and existing public officials.
  • Educating the business community on civic engagement opportunities that can positively impact the economic and quality of life issues facing the region.

Education and Workforce Development

Goal:

Collaborate with the Manchester School District, unify nonprofit efforts, and align training programs to meet the workforce needs of Manchester area businesses.

Why:

With the aging of our state’s population and the unique community challenges impacting the Manchester School District, securing the workforce of tomorrow requires action now.

To achieve this, the Chamber is:
  • Leading efforts to map, assess, and unify nonprofit efforts aimed at strengthening educational outcomes in Manchester.
  • Serving as a resource and partner for educators by helping to ensure Manchester’s future workforce meets business needs.
  • Supporting efforts to attract, retain, and engage young professionals in the Manchester area through new strategic partnerships.

Transportation and Infrastructure

Goal:

Provide leadership, information, and advocacy on major transportation and infrastructure issues and proposed initiatives impacting the Manchester business community.

Why:

High-quality infrastructure and a modern transportation network are essential for economic development and business growth. Leadership from the business community is critical as securing public support and funding solutions for major transportation and infrastructure projects becomes more challenging.

To achieve this, the Chamber is:
  • Monitoring and supporting efforts, policy proposals, and projects intended to enhance the transportation and infrastructure resources serving the region.
  • Providing information and advocacy for important energy policies and projects that support a prosperous business environment.
  • Studying the impact and potential benefits of the proposed NH Capitol Corridor Rail Plan and advocating on behalf of the Manchester area business community.

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