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Tony Cannon, 2012 Chairman

Dear Chamber Members,

In our most recent membership survey you sent the message that your desire is for Greenville to be a shining city in Eastern North Carolina.  To that end, the Chamber’s Board of Directors restated its mission in a very clear statement:  The Chamber’s mission is to build the strongest business climate in Eastern North Carolina.

This past year brought many opportunities for us to represent the business needs of our community.  Under Dan Nichols’ strong leadership, we worked to strengthen your voice in many important areas.  Even with the challenging economy, a very successful membership event boosted our total membership to over 1,000.

An opportunity came for us to work with our Legislative Delegation to address your concerns over the School Board’s size and tenure.  We worked collaboratively with several members of the Delegation and the School Board to help craft legislation addressing these important issues impacting education in our community.   While this issue hasn’t been completely resolved, we continue to work for your interests in this area.

Additionally, we convened a bi-partisan group to discuss the national debt issue.  We crafted a letter to the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction addressing the issues and that letter became a model for Chambers across the country.  If you have not had an opportunity to read this letter, I encourage you to do so.  More information on this initiative is available at www.greenvillenc.org/ga.

We are excited about the opportunities that lie before us in 2012.  During the recent membership survey, you were clear that the priorities for us to work on for the coming year are economic development, crime and public safety, and education and workforce development.

In his farewell address to the Nation on January 11, 1989, President Ronald Reagan shared his vision of the shining city that he spoke of most of his political career.  He said it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city that hummed with commerce and creativity.  And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and heart to get here.

It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Chairman of your Board of Directors for 2012.  Together we will work to make Pitt County and Greenville the shining city of Eastern North Carolina.

Tony Cannon

2012 Chairman of the Board

Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce

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