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About Us: Committees of the Osceola/SMC Chamber

1. Advocacy

Purpose statement: To be a positive, proactive influence upon governmental decisions affecting our community.

Goals:

  • Coordinate & support legislative receptions (Osceola Day) in Little Rock
  • Provide state & US chambers of commerce updates
  • Participate in regional collaboration efforts
  • Coordinate convening of Plant Managers Forum
  • Plan & coordinate annual group advocacy trip to Washington, DC

 

2. Education

Purpose statement: To promote education to produce a skilled, responsible work force and sustain strong community leadership.

Goals:

  • Identify & communicate workforce educational needs of local employers
  • Coordinate Arkansas Scholars presentations & banquet
  • Coordinate local science fairs
  • Coordinate industry tour events
  • Disseminate information related to Great River Promise scholarships
  • Plan, coordinate, & deliver Leadership Academy of South Mississippi County

 

3. Information

Purpose statement: To serve as a central information source to the world for our community.

Goals:

  • Coordinate the Chamber website
  • Publish the Chamber newsletter
  • Provide timely updates to the city guide, industrial directory, & member data base
  • Determine content & oversee production of newcomers’ packets
  • Develop regular press releases for distribution to appropriate news media

 

4. Membership Services

Purpose statement: To identify and develop value-added services for chamber members.

Goals:

  • Identify existing services & develop new services that add value to membership
  • Plan/coordinate Administrative Professionals Day
  • Plan/coordinate Annual Reception
  • Plan/coordinate Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament
  • Coordinate efforts to retain membership renewals

 

5. Promotion

Purpose statement: To promote the community as a great place to live, work, visit, and raise a family.

Goals:

  • Develop a promotion strategy designed to attract/retain residents
  • Develop a promotion strategy designed to increase tourism
  • Identify community promotional needs & make recommendations to A&P Tax Commission
  • Develop strategies to improve community appearance, “First Impressions”
  • Make recommendations regarding planning/zoning & code enforcement
  • Function as a liaison with Main Street Osceola

 

Designated Committees:

The Facilities Management Committee will operate as a designated committee with members appointed by the Executive Committee for their technical knowledge and expertise. The goals of the Facilities Management Committee are:

  • Make recommendations to the Board regarding the Chamber building/Ohlendorf Civic Center & implement approved recommendations
  • Make recommendations to the Board regarding the Chamber Interstate 55 billboards & implement approved recommendations
  • Make recommendations to the Board regarding Chamber office equipment, including technological resources, & implement approved recommendations
  • Review & revise Chamber policies relating to building/Civic Center usage & fees

 

The Executive Committee will be populated and will function as defined by the C of C by-laws. The Executive Committee has decision authority in certain circumstances in place of the full Board. The Executive Committee is responsible for the budget, finance, & audit functions of the Chamber.