Our Chamber & EDC – A Symbiotic Relationship for Prosperity
By: Christine Ross, MBA, MS, CCE ,IOM, President & CEO, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council
With so many ongoing efforts to build our regional community and economy, I thought it was a good idea to talk about just how symbiotic the relationship is between a Chamber of Commerce and an Economic Development Council.
In a very real sense, a Chamber of Commerce is a community builder. The program of work touches on education, the health of the economy, sustainability, our environment, the stability of the business community and social success. We advocate for pro-business policies that create jobs and grow our economy.
An Economic Development Council is charged with attracting enterprise, putting them very much in a marketing and sales role. So if you look at the Chamber as the builder and the EDC as the seller, you can see how nicely both programs of work can mesh and support each other.
We find that this model is quite successful for us here in the Bonita and Estero markets in that we can flex and play off each other providing the best expertise of both worlds to our communities. Thus we see the activities and initiatives of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council as closely aligned.
As stewards of balanced growth and the diversification of our economic base on the Chamber side, it pays for us to be supportive of the EDC’s efforts through good governance and positive leadership. With positive City and County Councils and Commissions, the EDC has a much easier time selling our business friendly community. We work hand in hand to create win-win outcomes for community residents and businesses alike. Get involved and help keep positive change agents in positions of power.
Here’s to strong collaborative regional relationships!