Archive for the ‘Chamber events’ Category

A group of thirty local CEO’s and business leaders met in April to share ideas and thoughts as to how the Chamber can most effectively pursue its mission to Grow the Local Economy and Serve as the Voice of Business.

Attendees included: Mike Loftin of Homewise, Paul Margetson of Hotel Santa Fe, Brian Byrnes of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Bruce Tassin of Christus St Vincent, Dr Joel Boyd Superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, Kathy Keith of the Regional Development Corp. and Bill Sisneros of El Gancho as well as twenty Chamber Board members.

The focus of the conversation was jobs and how the Chamber can collaborate in the community. The following day the Board met for six hours to discuss the Plan of Work for FY 2014-15 and talked about issues such as infrastructure, workforce development, community development and internal communications.

The feedback from the leaders was extremely helpful and Chair of the Board Chip Chippeaux commented “It was very useful to hear from such a wide range of leaders about their challenges and how the Chamber can better advocate for community improvement and job creation.”

Chamber staff is actively designing the Plan of Work which will be available in the next few weeks. Members are invited to participate and weigh in on the issues that most affect their businesses.

Leadership Santa Fe is a successful and prestigious program designed for motivated individuals who wish to learn more about the challenges facing Santa Fe and engage in the process of improving the community. The program combines interactive leadership skills training with an informative civic awareness curriculum over six weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) from October 2014 through April 2015.

This year we are adding a Graduate Program focusing attention on systems thinking, addressing community needs, and small group project skills, and a new Youth Program designed to meet Santa Fe’s need for young community leaders; teaching citizenship, job and college preparedness, and civic engagement. The program aims to enhance youth leadership resources for the community of Santa Fe. Youth Leadership Santa Fe will accomplish this by giving civic-minded youth a vehicle for their community-oriented energies, and providing access to community leaders and policy makers.

You can participate by joining one of the programs or by donating or sponsoring a student. There are program details and more information available at or


The New Mexican Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 – 11/17/09

I have recently had a number of conversations about positions taken by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. From these conversations it has become apparent to me that there are a number of misapprehensions about chambers.

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce is an independent nonprofit organization with around 1,000 local member businesses and a board of 21 directors representing hospitality, arts, manufacturing, media, finance, real estate, restaurant, insurance and other industries.

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce has no affiliation with the U.S. Chamber. Any position taken by the Santa Fe Chamber is approved by the board of directors. At no time does the Santa Fe Chamber take direction from the U.S. Chamber. In fact, the Santa Fe Chamber rarely, if ever, takes positions on national issues.

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce is committed to creating local jobs and prosperity for all Santa Feans.