Boards & Committees
In order to carry out an ambitious plan for stimulating the local economy, being the voice of business, promoting the community and helping build business relationships the Chamber needs your help. Join a committee! In most cases serving on a Chamber committee involves 2-4 hours per month and can yield dividends in the way of increased visibility and access to potential clients.
To sign up for a committee email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970.242.3214. You will be put on the committee roster and invited to the next scheduled meeting of the group. Committees that are currently soliciting members:
Blue Band/Shop Local
This committee is responsible for keeping the attention of local consumers focused on spending their dollars locally as much as possible. Such efforts strengthen the local economy. www.gjchamber.org/bluebandwagon.asp.
Board of Directors*
The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors consists of eighteen to twenty members who serve a four-year term. Terms are staggered so each year there are four to five openings on the board. Members who are interested in serving on this policy making board are encouraged to submit a letter of interest to Diane Schwenke.
Diplomats provide outreach and communication with current and future Chamber members. Two subcommittees charged with ribbon cuttings and bi-monthly business walks are looking for energetic ambassadors for the Chamber who can help us identify specify ways to assist existing businesses.
This committee plans the semi monthly energy briefing series, rig tours and other educational opportunities for members of the general business community that is affected by this sector of our economy.
Energy Innovation and Business Development Task Force*
This, by invitation, task force will bring multiple stakeholders together to identify what is needed in the way of infrastructure, education, public policy and resources to become an Energy Innovation and Business Center.
Future Workforce Collaborative
Businesses can and should be very involved in making sure that students in school today have a knowledge of and interest in the business environment that will ultimately employ them. This new committee will focus on strengthening the bonds between education and the workplace to enhance student learning.
This think tank is a by invitation committee that will in 2012 focus on K-12 education and ways to increase the time students spend in a learning environment. The 500 Plan was a first step but there is more work to do in mobilizing the community around our education system.
With over 100 members this is the largest committee of the Chamber. Members help draft policy guidelines, provide member input on issues and generally direct the policy discussions and actions of the Chamber, once approved by the Board. The committee is most active from October through May.
This committee assists in the development of programs and incentives to help other small businesses save money by becoming more energy efficient. With these cost savings businesses can become more competitive and grow. www.greenbacksproject.com.
This committee oversees the Chamber’s Leadership Mesa County program including selecting participants and planning and coordinating sections of the curriculum.
The Leadership program targets business professionals in an effort to attract, develop and
empower emerging community leaders.
This is a new subcommittee under the umbrella of our Government Affairs Committee that will specifically focus on the regulatory environment and rule making by government agencies. It is often these rules, drafted without legislative oversight that can cause the most harm to the business environment.