Chamber Council & Task Forces

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS & NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL

Council Chair:  Tad Dinkins, Butler Ag Equipment
Mission: To support and encourage producers and processors of regionally produced commodities and advocate for further development of ag-related enterprises, and to provide positive and reliable information to the public regarding agriculture’s importance to Fremont’s economy, and to promote stewardship of natural resources.
Goals:

  1. Educate chamber members, elected and civic leaders regarding agriculture, production practices and natural resource issues.
  2. Demonstrate appreciation to the agriculture community for its contribution to the Fremont area economy.
  3. Engage ag producers and ag-related industries more fully in Fremont Chamber activities.
  4. Advocate for infrastructure development that supports the agriculture industry’s needs and opportunities.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Council Chair:  Vern Gibson, Dugan Funeral Home 
Mission:
To provide support and encouragement to facilitate business development within the Fremont trade area, including retail development and recruitment, new business development, and to serve in a supporting role to Greater Fremont Development Council. 
Goals:

  1. Identify and emphasize programs that promote activity and growth of the Fremont business market – Think Local.
  2. Expand and broaden the use of Fremont Chamber BUCK$ throughout the entire market to exceed $40,000 in circulation.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COUNCIL

Council Chair:  Brad Dahl, Fremont Public Schools 
Mission: 
In collaboration with other chamber councils consider, recommend, and advocate for policy, regulatory and legislative positions that advance the mission of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce and its members.
Goals:

  1. Monitor and advocate for local infrastructure development including U.S. 30 completion, including preservation of LB84 funding.
  2. Strengthen regional relationships to present a stronger voice in Lincoln.
  3. Build effective working relationships with the new elected office holders.
  4. Collaborate with allied organizations and individuals to identify local development challenges or issues where the chamber and its membership may lend its influence.
  5. Advocate for business friendly policies and regulations.    

LEADERSHIP & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Council Chair:  Jodi Benjamin, Midland University
Mission:
Provide educational and leadership development opportunities that increase the quality of the Fremont community.
Goals:

  1. Merge the Leadership Fremont Alumni Council and Professional Development Council and launch its Professional Development Institute in coordination with the existing leadership programs.
  2. Target Leadership Fremont graduates as candidates for the new PDI – Professional Development Institute program.
  3. Continue the transition from an independent association to chamber council by implementing more efficient planning and execution.
  4. Increase awareness of each program and improve their quality and appeal. 

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES COUNCIL

Council Chair:  Diane Griffiths, US Bank 
Mission:
  To ensure the Chamber organization is focused on providing high quality service to its members, to promote the value of membership in the Chamber, to encourage engagement of members, and to inform the community of Chamber-led activities.  
Goals:

  1. Retention of paying members will end the year at or above 92%.
  2. Total paying members in good standing will number 640 or more at year’s end.
  3. Evaluate and adjust, if necessary, member tiers, benefits and services to align with members’ needs and organizational goals.
  4. Ensure each member understands and fully utilizes chamber benefits and services through personal contact – twice per year minimum – by staff and Diplomats.
  5. Renovate and improve the Chamber’s main website and related social media platforms to be effective relationship building tools.
  6. Measure, track and develop strategies to deliver superior member satisfaction.

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