MEDCOC BR July 2023


As we enter our new fiscal year, I am honored and thrilled share our visions for the future. In May, our Board of Directors engaged in an intensive planning session to chart the course for the Chamber’s efforts in the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The discussions during this session were both invigorating and insightful, resulting in the identification of four key Chamber goals: 1. Comprehensive Facility Development: We recognize that a modern and well-equipped facility is essential to create a dynamic and conducive environment for fostering business connections and driving economic progress in our region. 2. Homelessness: Our community is grappling with homelessness, and we believe that as an influential and compassionate organization, we must play an active role in finding sustainable solutions to this pressing issue. 3. Refreshing Chamber Forum: Our Chamber Forum has been a cornerstone of knowledge- sharing and collaboration. To remain relevant and engaging, we aim to revitalize this platform with fresh perspectives, interactive discussions, and valuable content. 4. Increasing Regional Collaboration: The challenges and opportunities we face today transcend traditional boundaries. By forging strategic partnerships and promoting regional collaboration, we can magnify our collective impact and enhance the prosperity of our members and the broader community. As we move forward, one critical aspect that emerged from our planning session is the need to shift our mindset. Embracing a growth-oriented and innovative mindset is pivotal to achieving new and extraordinary results. It involves looking beyond conventional approaches, being open to change, and daring to take calculated risks. When we embrace this transformative mindset, we position ourselves to adapt swiftly to challenges and seize emerging opportunities. By fostering a culture of continuous learning and embracing new ideas, we can cultivate resilience and inspire creativity. A shift in mindset empowers us to explore uncharted territories, which often lead to the discovery of groundbreaking solutions. As an organization, we are committed to promoting this shift and will be launching various training programs and resources to Help Business Succeed. In closing, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and commitment to the Chamber’s mission. Together, we can foster a better business climate and create a thriving and successful community. Our collective efforts are instrumental in shaping the future of Medford and Jackson County, and I am confident that by working hand in hand, we will achieve greatness. Let us embark on this new fiscal year with enthusiasm, unity, and determination. Together, we can overcome any obstacle and usher in an era of unparalleled growth and prosperity for our region. Thank you once again for being an integral part of our Chamber family.


Eli Matthews, IOM President & CEO Chamber of Medford and Jackson County


The Business Review | August 2023

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