Dear Members of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce:

As I close in on one year since joining the SLO Chamber as your CEO, I can’t help but reflect on how much our membership, our staff, our volunteers, and our business community has accomplished. We’ve launched Imagine SLO, our updated economic vision and guiding light that is leading this county toward a more prosperous future. Our committee members have put in countless volunteer hours, putting their minds together to come up with comprehensive solutions that include voices from every industry.

To our members, you have proven yourselves to be among the most involved the Chamber has ever seen. From packing the house at our monthly Membership Mixers to one of the highest ever response rates to our annual membership survey, we see you and we hear you. Getting your direct feedback is what makes this Chamber and the work we do for the business community stronger. I can’t thank you all enough for voting in our 2020 Board, applying for our committees and giving us your feedback. We hear every voice.

Our membership survey results indicated that you care deeply about the Chamber’s role in promoting the community. San Luis Obispo is a place I always dreamed of living in, and it’s gratifying to now get to share that Love of Place with everybody who passes through our city. By supporting the City’s tourism efforts this year, the Chamber aimed to help the local economy thrive and increase quality of life for our residents. I am so pleased to see that our membership values these efforts.

Building business relationships, being a catalyst for business growth and championing a stronger community are other areas that you said you care about, and the Chamber will continue to grow our role in these areas as we head into 2020. Talent development is a top of mind issue for SLO County that we look to address through economic growth and relationship building in our community. Our 2020 Business and Economic Council will be a think tank for achieving these goals, digging into issues and unlocking opportunities. We already began addressing hot topics like homelessness and affordable housing at our 2019 Board Retreat and found ourselves guided by your feedback at every turn. This next year I will continue to build on this feedback as the Chamber takes action.

I knew this was a special Chamber of Commerce when I became part of the team one year ago, but the depth of your feedback and participation surpasses my greatest expectations every day. We are more than a membership organization: because of all of you, the Chamber can position itself as a strategic partner to the community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making your voices heard.

Sincerely,

Jim Dantona

SLO Chamber President and CEO