19 min

A Unique Take on Solving Workforce and Housing Issues: Ste Genevieve, MO Chats With Chambers

    • Business

Ste. Genevieve is a small community (just shy of 5,000 people) on the Mississippi River. Of the 5 houses in the US built on stilts, 3 are in Ste. Genevieve. They are historical and really embrace their roots. The Chamber focuses more on businesses now that their is a tourism department that’s taken that on. It is a heavy mining community. They are home to the largest cement plant in the US. They also have smaller manufacturing companies in town. They currently have 347 members.

They are proud of their workforce development plan. They worked with some local businesses when they realized that in 5 years they would have a 50% turnover rate due to retirement. They created a workforce development and housing plan. They were involved with a land swap with church so that the city could develop a new subdivision. It was a long-term 4-year project but has finally come together.

They struggle with keeping an active board. They are working on building more camaraderie so they stay engaged and excited. She’s also working on building more diversity in the board. They have only their 5th female board president currently in their 98 year history.

Dena’s tip is to reach out to your colleagues. They help brainstorm, can share resources and even just listen if you’re struggling with something inside your chamber. They understand what you’re going through and can help with ideas and feedback.

Tip #2 – no matter how hard the conversation may be, always be honest with your board!

Questions We Asked:
What is the Ste. Genevieve Chamber all about? [1:10]
What are some wins? [6:15]
What are challenges you face? [9:18]
What is your tip and trick to pass on to other chambers? [12:16]
How can you learn more about Ste. Genevieve? [16:09]

Full transcript & more info:  Nonprofitbootcamponline.com

Follow the Chats With Chambers Podcast: https://nonprofitbootcamponline.com/podcast/

About Chats With Chambers:
Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

Ste. Genevieve is a small community (just shy of 5,000 people) on the Mississippi River. Of the 5 houses in the US built on stilts, 3 are in Ste. Genevieve. They are historical and really embrace their roots. The Chamber focuses more on businesses now that their is a tourism department that’s taken that on. It is a heavy mining community. They are home to the largest cement plant in the US. They also have smaller manufacturing companies in town. They currently have 347 members.

They are proud of their workforce development plan. They worked with some local businesses when they realized that in 5 years they would have a 50% turnover rate due to retirement. They created a workforce development and housing plan. They were involved with a land swap with church so that the city could develop a new subdivision. It was a long-term 4-year project but has finally come together.

They struggle with keeping an active board. They are working on building more camaraderie so they stay engaged and excited. She’s also working on building more diversity in the board. They have only their 5th female board president currently in their 98 year history.

Dena’s tip is to reach out to your colleagues. They help brainstorm, can share resources and even just listen if you’re struggling with something inside your chamber. They understand what you’re going through and can help with ideas and feedback.

Tip #2 – no matter how hard the conversation may be, always be honest with your board!

Questions We Asked:
What is the Ste. Genevieve Chamber all about? [1:10]
What are some wins? [6:15]
What are challenges you face? [9:18]
What is your tip and trick to pass on to other chambers? [12:16]
How can you learn more about Ste. Genevieve? [16:09]

Full transcript & more info:  Nonprofitbootcamponline.com

Follow the Chats With Chambers Podcast: https://nonprofitbootcamponline.com/podcast/

About Chats With Chambers:
Chats With Chambers brings the power and ideas of chambers from across the country to you! Each episode features a new Chamber Executive as they share their wins and tips in the areas of recruitment, fundraising, retention of members and more. Check out these quick 15 minute episodes and find new strategies to make your Chamber even more successful.

19 min

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