Chamber sets sights on a stronger future
IN a statement that revelas an ambitious future, Douglas Chamber of Commerce has said it wants to appoint a fulltime CEO and increase its membership base to 400 by the end of 2017.
Phoebe Kitto, president of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, announced the new Core Strategies for the next two year period ahead of the chamber’s annual general Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday.
Ms Kitto said the new CEO will be expected to develop a business model which will represent the needs of Douglas Shire businesses.
“The model will identify and facilitate development and investment opportunities for the Douglas Region,” she said.
“[And] to significantly increase Douglas Chamber membership to in excess of 400 members by the end of 2017.”
Membership currently sits at a little over 100 but the Chamber hopes that a new entry level annual membership and a renewed endeavour to reinforce relationships with Douglas organisations as well as other Regional Chambers of Commerce will drive up the numbers.
“[The Chamber will] work closely with the Douglas Shire Council and Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree organisations to develop coherent and robust mid/long term planning process that will stimulate both public and private investment and drive economic development,” Ms Kitto said.
“Underpinning these changes is the decision to actively source funding by mid/ late 2016 to enable the recruitment of a fulltime CEO,” Ms Kitto said.
Ms Kitto also emphasised the Chamber’s resolve to actively engage with the 1500 businesses based in the Region as well as stakeholders and the wider community.
The Chamber has been keen to increase its membership for a long time and has recently been more successful ind oing so, raising its numbers by more than 20 per cent since last year.
Phoebe Kitto, president of the Douglas chamber