The Chamber’s Priorities for Action is our strategic plan approved by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. These priorities are the results of interviews with dozens of business owners and managers, conversations with elected officials, and informal surveys of business members. This “road map” keeps everyone focused on the economic and community needs of our region that are consistent with the mission of the Chamber.


ADVOCATE

We will effectively advocate for a business-friendly regulatory environment, prosperous communities, and increased economic opportunities.

  • COVID-19 Business Recovery. Defend small businesses from the consequences of State and Federal emergency actions, including passing “good faith” liability protections, prevent workers’ compensation cost increases, and create tax credits or grant programs to assist small business owners with COVID-19 capital costs.
  • Short Term Rentals and Lodging. Advocate for consistent county-wide standards for all short-term rentals and visitor lodging. Build legislative and financial support for new lodging initiatives essential for a growing tourism industry.
  • Engage Elected Officials. Connect our member business owners with Washington, Albany, and Delhi.
  • Housing. Encourage efforts to increase affordable and appropriate workforce housing options through use of innovative planning and tax incentives.
  • Cellular. Support expanded cellular service.
  • Transportation. Create collaborative plans for an on-demand public transit system that meets the needs of residents, students, and visitors.

CONNECT

We bring measurable value to Chamber members through high-quality core services, business promotion and recognition, and networking events.

  • Member Services and Cost Saving Discounts. The Chamber offers many valuable benefits to our members that may be extended to member employees, aiding in staff retention.
  • Virtual Events. Member engagement and networking opportunities.
  • Networking and Recognition Events. The Chamber hosts dozens of events during the year, including monthly breakfasts, Delaware County Business Awards, golf tournaments, and evening receptions.
  • Communicating Our Message. We will continue to promote Chamber positions, events, promotions, and work through print and digital newsletters, radio, television, and online programs, Facebook, Instagram,and YouTube channels, and websites.

GROW

As the unifying force for community vitality and economic prosperity, the Chamber will connect regional government, education, business, and non-profit stakeholders to address critical county needs and promote our world-class, rural quality of life.

  • Shop Local. Expand our “I Pledge” campaign with cooperative local print ads, branded radio announcements, and social media posts.
  • Leaderful Delaware Emerging Leaders Program. Preparing the next generation of civic leaders who can drive community change, our annual program explores new concepts of leadership and calls on leaders to be concurrent, collective, collaborative, and compassionate.
  • Business Training, Mentoring, and Counseling. We will leverage our relationships with area training providers to bring high-quality relevant training and business counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, non-profit leaders, and others.