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What is the Chamber’s Role in Economic Development?

January 13, 2015

Panel for the January Kitsap Business Forum.

Kathleen Knuckey, Kris Johnson, Matt Murphy, Gena Wales, Marc Abshire, John Powers

Economic development—what is your definition and how will you make it happen? That is the question posed to Kitsap Chamber of Commerce directors and the Association of Washington Business. Chamber roles in the community continue to evolve—this is your opportunity to provide input and receive insight on community economic development. John Powers, Executive Director of KEDA, will facilitate the panel:
  • Kristopher Johnson, Exec Director of Association of Washington Business
  • Kathleen Knuckey, Exec. Director, Silverdale Chamber of Commerce
  • Kris Johnson, President, Association of Washington Business
  • Matt Murphy, Exec. Director, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce
  • Gena Wales, Exec. Director, Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce

What you will learn:

  • Learn how your chamber views economic development and how they plan to implement strategy
  • How chambers are changing as the global economy strengthens
  • How you can make a difference at your community chamber

Who Should Attend?

  • Business and Organization Leaders
  • Business owners who want to make a difference in the community
  • Business owners and managers who want to know economic development trends