This past year was both positive and productive for the Chamber. We have completed a restructuring of our organization and are operating in a more effective and efficient manner.
Through diligent efforts and many donated hours of work, we were able to resolve the computer problems of the past year and get our membership and financial records in order. We completed several procedural revision projects and initiated an orientation program for new staff and board members to familiarize them with the purpose and mission of the Chamber.
Our membership continued to grow and efforts were focused on membership recruitment and retention. We worked to improve member services by offering Internet banner advertising and mini web sites to Chamber members. We continued holding educational seminars for our members in conjunction with the Small Business Development Center. A National Communications Board was installed on the exterior of the Chamber building. This board assists visitors to the Chamber (especially after hours) in contacting advertisers to make room reservations and other accommodations. Reports indicate that advertisers are receiving business from this new service.
As activity at the Chamber office increased, heavy demands were placed upon the staff. The Senior Community Service Program, aka the Green Thumb Program, helped us significantly by providing part-time workers to assist in the day-to-day operations of the Chamber. For this, we are truly grateful.
Due to the financial strains of the past year, we had to creatively address our building maintenance and office equipment needs. We received many appreciated donations from some of our members. With the assistance of these members and a couple of successful fund-raisers, we were able to meet our equipment and maintenance needs in a fiscally responsible manner.
The Chamber's Economic Development Committee continued working on the Target Industry Analysis project. A report entitled "Connect to Craig-An Economic Diversifica-tion Strategy" has been completed. Discussions with interested community members are now needed to begin formulating a strategy for promoting support for ongoing economic development from private industry.
The Chamber helped improve awareness of Northwest Colorado issues at the state and federal government levels by participating in Business Day at the Legislature and the WTG Legislative Golf Tournament, by giving input on changes in the big game hunting seasons, and by opposing the expansion of the boundaries of Dinosaur National Monument or the creation of the Vermillion National Monument.
The Chamber Events Committee significantly increased event participation and promotion and compiled a Community Resources Guide that gives event organizers a list of services and facilities available in the Craig area. They are now in the process of producing copies of the Guide for distribution. Chamber exposure was further increased through the Chamber Chats on KRAI, the Chamber Connection in the Craig Daily Press, and participation with other local area boards and committees.
We made significant progress at the Chamber in 2000. We thank all those who contributed to our efforts and hope for continued success in 2001.