Richmond Chamber of Commerce 2018 - Page 5

President’s Letter Welcome to 2018 Chamber Members: I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for playing an essential role in the success of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Whether you are a paying member, an active committee member, or a supportive citizen, each of you add to the chambers success and we could not be where we are today without your support. In 2017, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce we welcomed 72 new members. Our members continue to be our number one priority. Th e chamber has been blessed with a hardworking, forward thinking staff who continue to consistently recruit and retain new members. I am very proud of the Richmond Chamber team and am excited to see what we can do in 2018! In 2017 we started the Public Policy Committee which is represented by every sector of business. Th e individuals making up this committee are excited about what they can accomplish this year and are looking forward to hearing from our members as they have already completed one survey. As always, our focus every year is on Economic Development and how we can improve all aspects of growth in Richmond and greater Madison County. With the PRESIDENT/CEO following statistics, it should be easy to accomplish. • Richmond off ers a great teacher to student ratio. • Richmond is the 7th largest city in Kentucky. • Richmond has over 1000 acres of open spaces and parks. • Richmond is home to three 18-hole championship golf courses. • Richmond is located off of Interstate 75, Kentucky and Eastern America’s Modern Trade Route. • Richmond is located within 30 miles of 12 four-year colleges and universities. • Richmond is home to EKU; which currently has over 16,000 students. • Richmond is located within 30 miles of 11 technical schools. • Richmond is home to EKU Center of the Arts. • Central Kentucky Regional Airport is located in Richmond. • Th e median home price in Richmond is only $145,000. • Richmond off ers access to great healthcare facilities and is one of the healthiest counties too. In the coming year the chamber board, led by Jennifer Napier, and staff have pledged to implement many new action items on the chamber agenda. One of these being the transformation of the Richmond Young Professional Association becoming the Madison Young Professionals to incorporate people that are young in age, young in their career or simply young at heart. In our eff orts to serve greater Madison County we feel it is necessary to implement these changes and serve the community of our entire county and region. We are very proud of the progress we made in 2017 and we look forward to all we will accomplish in 2018. Mendi Goble Embracing Our Uniqueness for a Flourishing Future As I begin my two-year term as Chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, I refl ect on why I love Madison County Kentucky, why I moved to Richmond, and why I call it home. Madison County is a true refl ection of the broader America, and it’s our uniqueness that draws people here. We have it all in Madison County — two very distinct cities (Richmond and Berea) off ering vibrant cultural diversities; two very goal-driven post-secondary institutions (Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College); two growing hospitals (Baptist Health and Saint Joseph); and access to north-south and east- west interstates that make us attractive to businesses, industries, employees, residents, and tourists (we’re only a days’ drive from two- thirds of the continental US via I-75 & I-64). It’s all about location, location, location - but more importantly, it’s all about the people who make that location worth experiencing. Madison County and Richmond are my home. It’s where I live, attended college, and launched a business. It’s where my children attended academic- driven public schools, and my family built a legacy by graduating from the same university, then each building successful careers. Richmond and Madison County are where we all grow together as a community, striving to build comradery focused on economic development and inspiring a future which continues to fl ourish and adapt. Our Chamber invites you to join us, engage with us, and proudly witness where we’ll grow from here. Jennifer Napier CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Richmond Kentucky 5