Goal IV: Build Community Capacity, Engagement, and Image
Objective 1: Build bridges between Montgomery’s diverse leadership at every level.
The Montgomery region’s divisive history has necessitated an intentional push for restoration, collaboration, and inclusion. In many ways, these efforts have resulted in a spirit of partnership and an appreciation of diversity. The annual Diversity Summit is a testament to the region’s commitment to understanding and embracing the needs of all of its constituent groups. Still, leadership structures in the region would benefit from further establishing those connections to the young and diverse groups that comprise Greater Montgomery’s future. Montgomery The region must engage a broader set of leaders – including youth, women, minorities, and Montgomery area residents of many nationalities – in order to ensure a smooth transition into a changing, diverse reality.
The Chamber continues to struggle with implementing initiatives that would best raise Greater Montgomery’s national and international profile and expose highlight the region’s quality of life, tourism opportunities, and community events. The
increased activity of the Chamber, through the Diversity Summit, EMERGE Montgomery, Women in Business, Eggs and Issues, and other annual and ongoing events and initiatives justifies the addition of full-time professional staff to manage the Chamber’s interactions with stakeholders and the public.
The Chamber must also optimize its staff and volunteer capacity to implement these tasks. Leveraging the community’s human capital will increase its ability to successfully address the region’s greatest challenges and will create opportunities for all Montgomery region residents to thrive.
- Create formal networking events between young professionals and established leadership.
- Better engage and empower under-represented subsets of local constituencies in civic processes.
- Continue to build communication, collaboration, and trust between elected officials at the city, county, state, and federal level and between elected officials and citizens.