Chamber of commerce seeks members’ input

April 8, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2 p.m. April 8, 2009

Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce executives want input from business leaders about how to improve the organization. Chamber executives will send a short survey to members via e-mail this month.

Recommendations gathered from the survey will be presented to the City Council as members set goals for 2010. Chamber executives will also draft recommendations on behalf of local businesses.

“What else can we do to provide value?” CEO Matthew Bott wrote in the chamber’s April newsletter. “What can we improve? How do we do our business differently to help you succeed in yours?”

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Goals outlined by city officials for 2009 included the development of a downtown revitalization plan, a streamlined permit process and a foundation for establishing a 20-year vision for growth. All told, officials outlined a seven recommendations related to economic vitality.

Bott said some of the recommendations from the survey would take time to come to fruition.

“Some of the ideas and suggestions we gather will be implemented immediately, while others will take a year or more to study and fully develop,” he wrote.

Bott stepped into his CEO role Feb. 23. During his first week on the job, he said a priority of his tenure would be to increase chamber membership and to provide a voice for the business community.

Learn more about the chamber here.

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