One hundred years of community and state impact

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Joe Kasper, 2019 Board Chair of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.We are just one month from the Chamber’s 100th anniversary this October. In reality, the Chamber’s roots go even farther back into the 1800s as a Board of Trade. That’s more than a century that the Chamber has helped shape the community we call home today. Here are some recent accomplishments and key areas of focus.

With more than 940 members and growing, the Greater Concord Chamber is among the largest chambers in New England. Membership is the foundation for any chamber and with your ongoing support, NH’s state capital chamber continues to provide valuable resources and communications that help grow the economy as well as robust programming with real impact—we developed future community and municipal leadership through Leadership Greater Concord and Capital Area Student Leadership (CASL); and we supported innovative educators in Greater Concord with the Chamber’s Funds for Education grants (raised through our Annual Funds for Education Golf Tournament). We recognized excellence through the Pinnacle Awards and Citizen of the Year award. We advocated for the business community at both the local and state levels through the Local Government Affairs and State Government Affairs committees.

The Chamber continues to host Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN), one of the most robust YPNs in New Hampshire. CYPN’s steering committee provides outstanding networking and professional development programming, preparing the workforce that will be shaping the future of this community, as well as attracting and retaining young talent.

Another key area of focus in the coming year is the redesign and expansion of I-93 through Concord—the project will have a huge impact on the future of the Capital City. Progress in terms of coming up with a design that will have a positive impact is happening, but there is more work to do. We’re committed to partnering with the City and continued progress.

Art on Main, a partnership between Creative Concord, the Chamber’s active creative economy committee, and the City of Concord brought nine leased sculptures downtown. Public art enhances the pedestrian and visitor experience and brings fantastic media visibility for Concord as the Northeast’s must-see, trending cultural capital.

Promoting the Capital region as a tourist destination will continue as a priority for the coming year. Visitors looking for “the New Hampshire experience” will find Concord’s central location ideal. Where else can one find a state capital surrounded by mountains, lakes and beaches with abundant cultural, shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment amenities that far exceed similarly sized communities? Concord is the perfect hub for exploring all New Hampshire has to offer. And there’s plenty to do when weather dictates an indoor day.

The Chamber is on solid financial footing and enjoys strong leadership with an outstanding board of directors representing many industries and a skilled staff. It’s been a distinct pleasure serving as your board chair in the Chamber’s centennial year. Thank you for your support!

Joe Kasper is the Board Chair of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Please join us for the Chamber’s 100th Anniversary Celebration on November 6 for networking, the passing of the gavel and Citizen of the Year award presentation—nominations are open until Sept. 27—submit yours at www.ConcordNHChamber.com/resources/citizen-of-the-year-award-nominations/.

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