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Development Council – Metro North Chamber of Commerce

Development Council

The Metro North Chamber of Commerce Development Council engages the organization's members and investors in order to promote a collaborative community and ensure the vitality of the region.



The Metro North Chamber of Commerce Development Council engages the organization's members and investors in order to promote a collaborative community and ensure the vitality of the region.

How We Do It

The Development Council is dedicated to promoting the overall economic well-being of the cities and counties that the Chamber serves by keeping business, elected, and community leaders apprised of the many successes that are unfolding in the region. This goal is accomplished through the gathering and distribution of relevant information, research, the production of events with purpose, and the convening of conversations to share best practices and strategies to overcome challenges.

The Metro North Chamber of Commerce Development Council starts with a crumb of an idea, and turns it into a phenomenal experience by bringing powerful minds together.

Who We Are

The Development Council is comprised of a Steering Committee, which serves as the leadership group that guides the Development Council's various sub-committees. The sub-committees make recommendations to the Steering Committee about events and other important issues.

Chamber sub-committees include:

  1. Education & Workforce Development
  2. Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability
  3. Food and Beverage Manufacturing & Agri-Business
  4. Healthcare & Wellness
  5. Land Use, Construction & Housing, Transportation
  6. Nonprofit
  7. Women in Business & Leadership 

Education & Workforce Development

The Education & Workforce Development Council convenes local business leaders interested in partnering with educators in an effort to improve public education, expand access to higher education and develop a 21st century workforce capable of competing in a global economy. As a result of the current economic climate, the Council is focused on boosting job recovery for today's workforce while preparing future generations of workers.

Council meets every month.

Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability

The Energy, Water & Environmental Sustainability Council focuses on actions to spur clean and green tech innovations, ensure cost-effective water and power delivery, and promote economic growth through sustainable, pro-jobs energy and environmental policies.

Council meets every month.

Food and Beverage Manufacturing & Agri-Business

The Food and Beverage Manufacturing cluster in the region ranks as having the second-highest employment concentration out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in 2017. The region has the fourth-largest beverage production sector in the nation, with 9,790 workers at nearly 240 companies. The beverage production cluster posted 4.7 percent employment growth between 2016 and 2017, rising for the eighth-consecutive year. The Agri-Business sector has potential to grow substantially in the years ahead thanks to a focus on this cluster.

Council meets every month.

Healthcare & Wellness

The Health Care Council is a leader in providing the business perspective on key health care issues. The Council supports reform efforts that promote shared responsibility for health care financing, expand access to coverage and quality care and create health professional workforce opportunities.

Council meets every month.

Land Use, Construction & Housing, Transportation

The Land Use, Construction & Housing Council advocates for policies and programs that create sustainable, economically robust communities through smart growth planning, public-private partnerships and investment in congestion relief solutions. This also includes a special focus on building more attainable housing and addressing transportation challenges.

Council meets every month.


The Nonprofit Council provides nonprofit member organizations with a venue to network, exchange ideas, collaborate and discuss public policy issues impacting the nonprofit community.

Council meets every month.

Women in Business & Leadership

The Women in Business & Leadership Council focuses on the special contributions that women make to the community as a whole in the Metro North region. This Council focuses on partnering with existing organizations and creating original programming to expand access to resources needed to help women business owners and leaders thrive.

Council meets every month.

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