Happy 2014! Thank you for your membership in the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce. I am honored to serve as your Chairman.
What do we have planned for 2014? As always, your Chamber will continue to represent and advocate for area businesses. To this end, the Board of Directors set a new mission at its November retreat: “Advocating for businesses… strengthening our community.”
During our Annual Awards & Installation Banquet held last month, this Chamber, along with the other Okaloosa County chambers and Economic Development Council, celebrated a milestone when the county received its official Six Pillars Designation from the Florida Chamber Foundation. This designation recognizes our efforts in creating a county-wide strategic plan and strengthening our economic development efforts. Congratulations to my predecessors who led this charge and saw their hard work realized through this designation.
Our 2014 initiatives include partnering with the EDC on economic diversification in the area, more impactful programming for our members, and increased activity and engagement of Chamber and Board members. During this year we will continue to work with our state and federal legislators, as well as local officials, to ensure the voice of the Destin business community is heard. We will also continue to communicate the message that by shopping locally, we can all work together to improve Destin’s economy.
I would like to invite you to join us for our monthly lunch and after hours events or one of our many special events. When you see me at one (or more!) of these events, let me know how we are doing. We value and very much appreciate your feedback. And, even if you cannot participate, rest assured that your membership is working for you through our front desk, website, and printed Destin guide, as well as our educational opportunities and lobbying efforts.
If there is ever anything we may do for you, please do not hesitate to call the Chamber at (850) 837-6241. I look forward to working with you as we continue to build this world-class community one business at a time.
Pleat, Perry & Ritchie, P.A.