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A year in review: keeping members posted on our progress.

As you read this Year in Review edition of the Detroiter, you will learn about all of the successes we had during the last program year. As a new program year gets under way at the Detroit Regional Chamber, I am proud to report the state of our organization is strong. I base this assessment on several factors:

* We are on a solid financial foundation going into the 2008-2009 Program Year.

* We are finalizing a strategic plan that aligns the Chamber's resources around our core competencies.

* Our products and services continue to meet the needs of the region's business community.

The Chamber has made tremendous progress diversifying and expanding the budget. Our operating funds now exceed $20 million annually. A healthy mix of revenue from membership investments, products and programs keeps our budget balanced and growing. Being on a secure financial footing will ensure the organization remains effective and dynamic well into the Future.

This year, the Chamber will put the final touches on a new, three-year strategic plan. We are finalizing an extensive review process that is aligning the organization's resources, both dollars and staff, around our core competencies of business growth, talent development and political advocacy. These are the areas the Chamber can be most effective in to drive economic transformation for the Detroit Region.

What does all this mean to you? Having a strong organization working on your behalf directly improves your bottom line. We are able to deliver quality products and programs that help you succeed in a competitive marketplace. The Chamber is also an ardent supporter for your interests at the local, state and federal levels of government and we drive business development and job creation for the Detroit Region. All of these factors help create an environment where your business can thrive.

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None of this would be possible without you. Your continued investment and trust in the Detroit Regional Chamber Is the underpinning of our organization. Without the support of members like you, our past accomplishments or future successes would not happen.

Dick Blouse is president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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Title Annotation:YEAR IN REVIEW; Detroit Regional Chamber
Author:Blouse, Dick
Publication:Detroiter
Geographic Code:1U3MI
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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