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  • Community Development

     

  • The Community Development Division of the Regional Chamber works to promote and expand the capacities of local civic groups and institutions to meet the needs of Lawrence County by cultivating partnerships, expanding access to resources, creating leadership development opportunities, and creating a shared vision for the community to strive towards that minimizes the duplication of efforts and services. 

    The Regional Chamber undertakes these activities by focusing on four key areas:

    1. Government Affairs
    • Organize an effective Government Affairs program that creates communication between key stakeholders that leads to a clear message expressing our county’s most pressing needs​
       
      • Heads of Lawrence – facilitated meeting between private and public sectors meant to create additional understanding of these groups' unique needs, thus leading to improved public policy and a more competitive business climate
         
      • Lawrence County Day at the Capitol – single, limited legislative platform inclusive of partner concerns that accurately convey our needs to Commonwealth leadership in Harrisburg

    2. Move the Needle

    • Build civic and institutional capacity throughout Lawrence County necessary to create and execute an integrated, county-wide, and multi-organizational program of work that will "Move the Needle" and build a more desirable community for current and future generations
       
      • Leadership Lawrence – both a class and an alumni association organized to promote and enhance skill sets needed by citizens and community leaders to enable more effective communication, collaboration, and coordination of activities, to overcome the common and unique challenges faced by Lawrence County
         
      • 10 Year Comprehensive Vision – in conjunction with our partners, a public visioning process from stakeholders and citizens to prioritize community actions. This vision is the basis for creating a community-wide master plan of action, meant to build up the community
         
      • Forward Lawrence – a community-wide master plan of action created to help coordinate, guide, and direct the actions of the Regional Chamber and provide guidance to partners in the hopes of creating accountability while reducing duplication of services
         
      • Community Revitalization – work with partners to seek unique opportunities to reinvigorate older, established neighborhoods and communities

    3. Networking & Education

    • Host various Networking & Education events so our members can both market themselves and learn about programs to help them do business more effectively
       
      • Business After Hours – social membership mixer that allows members to network and promote their businesses to one another
         
      • Lunch & Learn Series – monthly educational workshops with speakers on various topics ranging from economic development, community development, and government affairs
         
      • Special Series – one off workshops or speaking engagements on various topics of interest to Regional Chamber members

    4. Community Outreach & Support for Affiliate Organizations

    • Engage with partners via community outreach & support for affiliate organizations to seek unique opportunities to attract the investments our community wishes to embrace
       
      • The Regional Chamber works in cooperation or mutual benefit with, and can provide direct support services to the following organizations:
        • Lawrence County Regional Chamber Foundation
        • Lawrence County Industrial Development Authority
        • Lawrence County Learning Center
        • New Castle Downtown Business Association
        • Young Professionals of Lawrence County
        • Duquesne University Small Business Development Center
        • Youngstown State University SCORE Chapter
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