Letter from Chamber President and CEO
Dear Chamber members and community partners,
Much has been written and presented about the coronavirus. We may be feeling overwhelmed with information, and yet, we may also feel that we don’t know enough in this fast-moving crisis with a constant stream of new information. Without doubt we are in uncharted territory and we must listen to our national and state experts for guidance as we work our way through this serious problem. Public health has become our primary concern, and stemming the tide of this global pandemic requires some difficult changes in our society.
As we learn about challenges we are confronting, the Chamber is working hard to be responsive, provide important services for our members, and help navigate the shifting landscape. Our office will be open with limited staffing, but all of our staff will be available by phone, email, social media, tele/video conference, or website chat. We will be monitoring all channels and keeping connected. Follow us on social media and check our website for resources and information. We will continue to provide opportunities to learn through workshops and to interact in virtual meetups centered on relevant topics and business sectors.
According to experts and state officials, circumstances will require us all to function under these conditions for some time to come. We fully recognize the extreme difficulty this presents to many of our friends, neighbors, social service agencies, and businesses. We are here to serve you the best we can with resources, ideas and the support of our network of members.
While these are difficult times, I firmly believe we are up to the task. We have faced national challenges before: 9/11; the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy; and the Great Recession. We came out of all this stronger and we will again. After all, this is America, and we are a can-do nation. I have no doubt that working together we can face this challenge and come out stronger again.
Take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors,