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Mar 3, 2015 - More Than 250 Chambers Urge Congress to Fund Transportation
The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce joined more than 250 local, regional and state chambers of commerce urging Congress to resolve the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, and to pass a long term federal transportation authorization bill. Chambers of commerce know infrastructure investment is an important economic issue. Without a sustainable source of funding, the federal Highway Trust Fund will be in a deep deficit that will require major cuts, or potential halts, in highway and transit projects which would jeopardize much needed economic and job growth in our cities and regions ...Read more
Mar 3, 2015 - Weathering the Storms
My brother lives in Florida and recently visited. He couldn’t leave fast enough. Somehow he managed to get in and out of Logan airport between the first two blizzards we had at the end of January. We love to talk and joke about the weather in New England, but this winter it has been no laughing matter for many homeowners and business owners. The impacts of the weather have been well documented regarding the service of the MBTA, commuter rail and parking in Boston. At the Chamber’s Board of Director’s meeting last week we discussed some of the local impacts and thought it would be interesting to survey our members to see how they fared. The results were interesting and generally in line with our assumptions. ...Read more
Mar 3, 2015 - Associations and Chambers: Who Needs Them?
(the following guest column is included in place of my regular column because the writer does a better job than I could – Tom O’Rourke) Association and chamber memberships in many parts of the country are dwindling. Many organizations have been forced to reorganize. Those in financial trouble may be forced to close or possibly combine with another chapter or group. Years ago companies large and small joined these organizations for a wide range of reasons: 1. Participate in networking events and tradeshows. 2. Get or provide group health insurance for self and/or employees. 3. Access to business information and resources. 4. Increase visibility and sales. A number of things have conspired to make the very existence of these organizations challenging: ...Read more
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