Year in Review

Successful 2018 and Exciting New Opportunities in 2019

The start of a New Year is a good time to reflect. It’s important to both look back and take stock of what was accomplished and what challenges were overcome and look ahead and assess what new opportunities are on the horizon.

GMCC President & CEO, Mike Skelton

A few of the Chamber’s most notable accomplishments and successes of the past year include:

  • Updated the Chamber’s strategic plan and mission and vision statements. After more than three years of progress, it was time to update and reinvigorate our strategic goals. Member surveys and a Board retreat ensured this process engaged our membership and built engagement.
  • Collaborated with Mayor Craig on economic development priorities and launched a new joint committee, the “Manchester Business Council.” Supported business recruitment projects in partnership with the City and State of NH, like BAE Goffs Falls project.
  • Facilitated high profile PR opportunities to market and brand Manchester and region. Visits by national journalists led to coverage in publications like Inc. Magazine, Politico Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times.
  • Supported the growth and development in MYPN following its merger into the Chamber. Completed a new MYPN strategic plan with an updated mission and mission, launched a new committee structure and corporate membership model.
  • Held our third annual Educator Leadership Summit, a formal professional development day for 330+ Manchester School District school teachers, with innovative workforce development panelists.
  • Advocated for/against 100+ pieces of legislation through the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.
  • Offered more than 100 high quality events and programs that led to more than 7000 total member engagements across all Chamber events in 2018. Total engagement at Chamber events is up more than 40% over the past 3 years.

Looking ahead to 2019

The Chamber is poised for another successful year. MYPN is offering an expanded new slate of innovative programming for young professionals. Our economic development partnerships with the City and State promise to yield exciting new projects and opportunities to streamline the business development climate. Most notably, we are launching a rebranding and marketing project to update and refresh the brand of the Chamber. We feel the timing is right for this change as the Chamber continues to evolve and grow along with Manchester and the region. More to come on this exciting project but expect big things in 2019!

A huge thanks to you, our members, for your continued support and investment in the Chamber and belief in our mission. Without the continued support and engagement of so many business and community leaders, our work to enhance and drive the business climate and economic vitality of the region would simply not be possible. Onward to a successful and prosperous 2019!