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Here’s something businesses can do to increase prosperity, success of our region

For over 150 years, the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce has been an influential leader in Macon-Bibb and the Southeast region. Recently, the Chamber has embraced the opportunity to reshape its economic development platform, which will play a vital role in our ability to take advantage of new opportunities for capital investment and job creation. Our vision includes merging resources and evolving a comprehensive economic development strategy to create a dynamic, business-friendly, inter-organizational alignment designed to leverage and accelerate influence for legislative policy on a variety of fronts, including infrastructure, entrepreneurship, business development, workforce development and quality of life, among other things. All essential elements of success for communities seeking to increase and sustain their economic competitiveness.

Investment in the Chamber provides unique promotional and relationship building opportunities for businesses while providing the critical funding necessary for the Chamber to sustain operations and fulfill its mission. With that in mind the Chamber’s sixth annual Total Resource Campaign, which is staffed with a dynamic assembly of volunteers representing a diverse cross-section of businesses from around the community, is now underway. Our campaign volunteers will be contacting businesses in the coming weeks to present investment opportunities with the Chamber and I encourage you to answer their call. Local businesses “collectively” are a team and like any high performing team have common goals and interest, complementary skills and resources, and also a mutual accountability to each other. We need all businesses working and investing together. Your investment is critical as we collectively work to bring prosperity to the Greater Macon region. I sincerely hope you will consider participating in this campaign that will assist the Chamber in creating the best place for business in Middle Georgia. Macon does indeed Matter!

Yvonne Williams is president/CEO of Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.

This editorial is running as part of a sponsorship agreement between The Telegraph and the Macon Chamber of Commerce. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Telegraph.