Round Rock Chamber Officials Outline Goals for 2017

During monthly ‘Power Lunch,’ officials look to future while celebrating top accomplishments of 2016.

“The chamber has aggressively pursued its mission of leading economic generation in Round Rock and focused on delivering substantial impact through its eight pillars of economic generation,” chamber officials said in a prepared statement. Through the use of those pillars, the chamber outlined its top priorities for 2017:

  • generate eight economic development project wins
  • design a skilled trades image campaign
  • develop an entrepreneurial advisory committee
  • establish an Entrepreneurship Round Rock program
  • design youth entrepreneurship education opportunities with school district leaders

“Our priorities for 2017 were created to deliver meaningful and measurable results for our investors in areas of need,” Mike Odom, the chamber’s president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “They are designed in coordination with our economic-generation mission and where we can affect positive outcomes.”

Even while looking toward the future, chamber officials took time to enumerate their many accomplishments from this year that had the greatest impact on the community:

  • securing six economic development wins representing approximately 1,900 jobs and over $500 million in capital investment
  • completing over 135 business retention and expansion visits
  • collaborating with the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership
  • launching the Twelve@12 program
  • creating a strategy to expand the accelerated learning and certification programs in Round Rock
  • developing the workforce provider matrix
  • supporting the goal of increased completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
  • developing the Internship Toolkit
  • publishing a monthly economic data report entitled the Economic Monitor
  • hosting a Launch Workforce Conference focused on internships
  • launching the community entrepreneurship strategy REV UP Round Rock
  • e-Stories Project
  • hosting the Spark events for entrepreneurs
  • developing a suite of executive recruitment resources called PRO Round Rock
  • establishing a new issues council structure
  • creating a broadened array of public policy positions
  • executing the Externship Program for educators in conjunction with the Round Rock Independent School District
  • implementing an investor satisfaction survey
  • developing a relationship with Southwestern University
  • pursuing multiple grant opportunities
  • receiving multiple awards for its work
  • launching industry specific videos for its website

The Round Rock Chamber is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Central Texas, officials said, with its approximately 1,000 investors collectively employ more than 25,000 people in the area. Officials note that it also is the region’s only chamber accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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