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January 2022 Roundtable Call: ECD Division


Partnerships between chambers and economic development organizations (EDOs) are vital for an area’s recruitment, retention and business development goals. Partnership can help align resources and messaging. However, hurdles like sharing everything from staff to data can hinder the work. In this roundtable call, you’ll hear about Collier EDO, a collaboration between the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce (Fla.) and the Collier County Office of Business and Economic Development. Formalized in late 2013, the two entities work together to provide comprehensive economic development services to all of Collier County. Join this call to learn about important considerations when setting up a Chamber-EDO partnership and the ongoing work needed to maintain its effectiveness. Contribute to this conversation by sharing your insights and leave with takeaways to apply to your partnerships.

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  • Melanie Schmees

    Melanie Schmees joined the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce in March of 2019. Prior to starting at the Chamber, she served as a compensation analyst at HealthCare Appraisers where she helped navigate hospitals and physicians through the complex healthcare regulatory environment. Previously she worked as an economic researcher for The Lee County Economic Development Office. She is currently pursuing her MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University, where she previously obtained her B.S degree in Finance and Economics in 2018. She currently serves on the board for the Florida Heartland Economic Region of Opportunity (FHERO) and is an active member on numerous workforce and economic development committees across the SWFL region and the state.

    As Director of Business and Economic Research at The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Melanie conducts business retention and expansion visits, heads economic research and analysis initiatives and coordinates with numerous governmental, utility, and not-for-profit organizations critical to economic growth marketing, services, and contracts.

January 25, 2022
Tue 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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