More than 1,200 business leaders attended the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Tuesday.
Chamber President and CEO Ron Harr told attendees that the 1,700 local companies that are members of the chamber come together to make the city better.
"We support job creation and education in ways that no enterprise could do on its own," he said, according to a prepared statement. "We build each other’s companies and keep more dollars in the local economy by doing business together. We support new businesses in starting up, help existing industries grow, recruit new companies to Chattanooga and promote this community to the whole world."
Unum CEO Tom Watjen delivered the keynote presentation.
The chamber highlighted its work, including direct job creation assistance to nine companies, which announced more than 1,100 jobs. Chamber leaders also recruited reporters from across the country and paid for them to visit the city. This resulted in articles and airtime on Forbes, Wired, The Economist, "CBS This Morning" and Bloomberg TV. Additionally, chamber councils have hosted more than 150 events and raised $18,750 for local schools. Finally, more than 1,100 volunteers helped the chamber's school-to-work programs, which supported 13,000 middle and high school students.
Click here for a full synopsis of chamber activity over the past year.
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