A NOTE FROM OUR CEO
Bill Konyha | President & CEO
June 26, 2020
The Regional Chamber continues to follow all the reopening guidelines and has reopened the office on a limited basis. We continue to work mostly from remote locations but have been effective in conducting our affairs in the manner. As we are co-located with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, and they have decided not to reopen to visitors until July 30, we will continue to conduct most of our business from these remote locations. As we really do not have a great deal of walk-in traffic, this should not be an impediment. However, the Policy Committee is scheduled to convene on July 10, and we will likely do so via Zoom until the office reopens to guests.
David Murphy, formerly of Lutheran Health Network, resigned his position on our board as he left LHN. The board appointed Mark Medley, President, and CEO of LHN to the seat. Mark did serve on the board until he asked the board to appoint Mr. Murphy to this position. We welcome Mark Medley back to the board and look forward to his insights and wisdom.
We continue our push to complete the fundraising efforts regarding the U.S. 30 project. We are nearing completion and hope to have it completed by July 3. Retired Sen. Long is actively engaged with the project and frankly working very hard for Northeast Indiana as he has for so many years. David and I connected on Thursday to discuss progress, and I am pleased with our efforts. The Board of Directors named David Long the first recipient of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana Excellence in Leadership Award and had hoped to present it to him at the 2020 Annual Meeting that we canceled. It was my honor to present him with the award before our meeting. I am happy to report that we had a photographer on hand to enable us to commemorate the occasion. I would expect the photos to be published on our website very soon.
Those who served on the Policy Committee last year will be welcomed back for the upcoming session. We will reach out to all former members and ask for their continued commitment. We are seeking others who wish to join the committee for the upcoming session. The meeting on the 10th will be organizational in nature and should not last more than one hour. We will begin to discuss Policy issues during the second meeting, which will be on July 24 in a Zoom meeting that will last for 90 minutes. We already have several issues suggested by members, and we have begun research on these issues.
The subcommittees will begin work the week following the Policy Committee meeting. These will also be organizational in nature and will last for sixty minutes. The rosters still have room for some additions and will happily consider requests to join any of the committees.