New chair intends to take chamber to next level
by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on March 9th, 2017

By Bill Toops, The Glendale Star

Celebrating 90 years of professional services to its business and community members alike, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce formally installed Jean Higginbotham as its 2017 chairman of the board during its 66th annual State of the City address and dinner March 2 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Higginbotham addressed a full house of more than 400 local and state elected officials, city management and staff members, chamber members and special guests with her goals and objectives for 2017.

“With the support of the board and the undying enthusiasm of the entire chamber, I am looking forward to connecting with all members, new and long-standing, while supporting the upward trend that’s having a direct impact on Glendale and surrounding neighborhoods, all of which make our community a better place for everyone to live, work and play,” Higginbotham said.

She said the chamber has been fostering an “energetic momentum” aimed at building a thriving business community. Further, the new chairman cited this upward momentum of almost 1,200 members working together, combined with the city’s explosive growth, as a primary source of inspiration. She said she intends to continue working toward the goal of a 1,500-member organization and will remain proactive to the individual needs of chamber members, as well as the challenges of the local business community at large. 

“Our goal is to continue to build upon this momentum and the dynamic performance of the past three years to ensure the chamber is the go-to organization for business,” Higginbotham said. “The chamber’s ability to innovate and adapt to the needs of businesses allows everyone involved to flourish. It’s the sense of community that’s making an impact and fostering opportunities where businesses and communities can prosper.”

Higginbotham said the chamber is committed to monitoring the halls of government to ensure a business-friendly atmosphere and will soon launch its political action committee, providing further engagement by the chamber to financially support local candidates and issues that matter most.

“By staying true to our mission, the chamber will continue to offer our members programs and services designed to help their businesses, all focused on the goal of improving the economic environment, while maintaining the financial stability to the chamber.” Higginbotham concluded.

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