As we have launched headlong into 2019 with Chamber and partnered initiatives I’m enthusiastic about not just our future but how this town is working together.
I’ll brush over some examples that help make my point.
Faribault Public Schools are working hard to ensure quality education and pathways to success for all students. The Chamber of Commerce Board and our Vision Task Force have become trusted sounding boards for survey reviews, business community input, and thoughts on future collaborations. Faribault student demographics combined with a lower than average funding-per-pupil budget combine for challenging dynamics in our school operations. These dynamics make a challenging job for our School Board and administration. Thoughtful and deliberate solutions that fit the Faribault community won’t be found in other district’s operational profiles. Working together is our best opportunity to have continued success and we appreciate the growing relationship. Let’s support our Districts efforts to be “Best in Class”.
The Chamber’s committee working to keep Downtown Faribault viable has enjoyed the support of the Faribault EDA for many years. The Main Street program is staffed by the Chamber and works 4 coordinated volunteer committees to improve the downtown business and social climate. Recently the Economic Restructuring Committee has been conducting a Downtown Business Challenge in an effort to enhance the business mix in our Historic District. After two rounds of the Challenge, the ER Committee worked with the City’s Economic Development Department to evolve this program for greater results. The new Micro-grant program in nearly complete and will offer more business counseling, professional plan reviews and targeted grants to assist both existing and new businesses. This Chamber/EDA partnership will continue to work closely as the Downtown Master Plan moves ahead and future roles in the partnership evolve along with it.
Another strategic partnership Faribault is enjoying comes with ’71 Chevy Kingswood wagon as a marketing tool. The Northfield/Owatonna/Faribault tourism co-op known as the “Minne-Roadtrip” continues to grow and is catching the attention of other Minnesota communities. The guerrilla campaign takes the two-fold approach of handshakes and hi-tech to promote our mini-region as a great stop or stay to travelers. With shared funding and staffing between the three communities the group engages in travel shows, events and parades along with data-capturing activities and precision social media delivery to expose our community assets to potential visitors.
So that’s a glimpse at some of the partnerships that make me proud of the way our Chamber works together with others to help make Faribault such a great community. We at the Chamber also continue our advocacy work along with making connections for our business community every single day.
These important connections happen both by being responsive to phone, e-mail, web-generated, personal referrals and drop in inquiries as well as through intentional efforts. Our Chamber Ambassador and the 507connect committees help make business to business and customer to business connections monthly and play a significant role in fulfilling the promise that your Chamber IS the Effective Voice of Business in Faribault.
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