Bluefield, Community Guide 2018 - Page 8

Economic Enhancement Mission: To promote and maintain a business-friendly environment that will stimulate the growth of existing businesses and help foster the growth of new business and industry; bringing together public resources, economic development agencies, and individuals who seek to make a difference in our community. Objectives: • Position the Chamber as the region’s business information and resource center • Coordinate and strengthen the relationship between the Chamber and all local economic development agencies • Visit and assist local businesses in their efforts to expand their operations and employment through technology and programs • Support viable regional projects that will improve the business climate and add to the quality of life • Promote the region through various media outlets Programs: • Small Business Seminars/Workshops/ Webinars • Better Living Show • Transportation Committee work on signage, monitoring of local 6 | Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce highway improvements, Mercer County Airport improvements, and advocating for the King Coal Highway • Bluefield Coal Show Initiatives: • Survey the needs of regional businesses and adopt those needs into the program of work Liaisons: • Development Authority of Mercer County • Tazewell County Office of Economic Development • Development Authority of the Greater Bluefield Area • Region I Planning and Development Council • Mercer County Commission • Tazewell County Board of Supervisors • West Virginia Economic Development Council