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Chamber Executive Graduates from Professional Development Program


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2017

Contact: Dave Kilby
President/CEO
(916) 930-1202

Chamber Executive Graduates from Professional Development Program

Michelle Harrington, the Executive Director at the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce, was among the 32chamber executives to graduate last Friday from Academy, a professional development program presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).

Academy is an interactive 3-day (three year) training program on chamber management essentials designed for today’s chamber executives and staff professionals.

“We congratulate all of the graduates and their chambers for having the vision to invest in professional development,” said W.A.C.E. President Dave Kilby.

During the three-year Academy program, graduates participated in 18 three-hour classes and must successfully complete additional independent study outside of the classroom.

W.A.C.E is an association of chamber of commerce executives and staff professionals designed to promote and enhance professional development. With approximately 830 members from seventeen Western states and Canada, W.A.C.E. is the largest state or regional association of chamber of commerce executives in the United States.

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The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce Spruces Up a Portion of the Arizona Trail

Mark Flint (left), the Arizona Trail Regional Steward for passages 7 – 9-B  and Dennis Fischer (right) with the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce and Steward of trail segment 8-C are shown with the new trail sign at the Pistol Hill trailhead. 

Dennis recently rebuilt the long time eye sore kiosk and with the help of Peter Minot with Southwest Solutions, had a sign made to highlight the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce’s (GVACC) sponsorship of segment 8-C between Pistol Hill Rd. and Hope Camp.  The GVACC has been an active sponsor of the Arizona Trail since 2011 and Dennis has headed up trail maintenance work for the past 5 years.  The 4.4 mile segment sponsored and maintained by the Chamber is a popular destination for hikers, bikers and equestrians of all ages, skill levels and from a variety of locations around the world.  It is a fairly non-technical trail while offering great views of the lush desert and Rincon Creek. Riders also use this section to make connections with Colossal Cave to the south and the Hope Camp trail and Saguaro National Park to the north.

Vail is proud to be a gateway community for the Arizona Trail and the GVACC is committed to continued support of this great asset.  With the coming of cooler weather, dust off the hiking and biking gear and enjoy the Trail.

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We're Hiring! Join our Team!

The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce
Events and Marketing Coordinator
Job Description

General Description of Duties
The Events and Marketing Coordinator is responsible for assistance in coordinating all events of the Chamber and will be supervised by the Chamber’s Executive Director.  This position develops sponsorship arrangements and relationships with businesses, individuals and organizations interested in supporting the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce’s events and activities. This position will work in coordination on other projects as assigned with the Executive Director, board members and volunteers in attracting funding for the Chamber.  This is a part time permanent position assisting the Executive Director.

Reporting Relationship
This position reports to the Chamber’s Executive Director.

Qualifications
Prefer 2 to 4 years experience in marketing, special events support experience.

Evidence of successful event, sponsorship, marketing, public relations, client management, and business development/relationship programs required.

Education
Graduation from a 4-year college or university preferred. Related work experience, preferably with a nonprofit organization, may substitute. Communication, marketing and/or public relations experience desirable.

Job Duties & Responsibilities
• Assisting in the planning, implementation and follow-up for all special events.
• Help to maintain event and volunteer databases.
• Help to coordinate event logistics, publicity, including public relations, advertising and collateral material design, production and distribution.
• Helping with silent auction, prize and in-kind donation solicitations for events.
• Partner to cultivate and expand sponsorship development and fulfillment.
• Supervise and coordinate with event contractors.
• Write, submit and follow-up to ensure placement on press releases and stories to established contacts with local and regional media.
• Maintain social networking to benefit the organization.
• Actively participate in staff committees as necessary and appropriate.
• Attend occasional evening and weekend events.
• Assist the Executive Director in other sponsorship and membership programs as necessary.
• Other duties as directed and required.

Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed with this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write a business letter, an article, and a press release. Comfortable and competent in making presentations to groups.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Other Skills and Abilities
Position requires demonstrated applied skills in computer software, including but not limited to, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point) and the ability to learn client management database and computer software programs.

Ability to work without direct supervision in a small office environment is required. Ability to hold a valid Arizona Driver’s License and possess a car that can be used for work purposes.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. This is a non-smoking work environment. The work environment is located on the street level.

Compensation
Exempt 16 hours per week with flexible schedule.

How to Apply
Send resume and cover letter to Executive Director Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce- PO Box 153 Vail, AZ 85641, or email to michelle@greatervailchamber.com.  All Resumes should be received by Friday, May 27th.  Any questions regarding the position can be directed to Michelle Harrington by email michelle@greatervailchamber.com or by phone 520-261-8245.

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Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce Announces the First Annual Celebration of Vail

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Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce Announces the First Annual Celebration of Vail

Join the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce as they welcome Congresswoman Martha McSally to the first annual Celebration of Vail: People, Purpose and Passion.

VAIL, ARIZONA (MARCH 2016) – Thriving communities deserve to be celebrated. These are the areas of town built by the hands of dedicated volunteers, committed government organizations and small families of devoted residents. When the board of the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce discussed the tremendous successes of Southern Tucson, it was clear they needed to put on an event to honor the accomplishments. This year, the first annual Celebration of Vail will kick off to distinguish the greater Vail community’s people, purpose and passion – an honor that deserves recognition on a grand scale.

The event will be held on April 8, 2016 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Pima Air & Space Museum. For the first hour, professionals, community members and dignitaries will rub elbows and network with one another as each person’s accomplishments are discussed.

At 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served and several speakers will be brought to the stage to highlight some of the year’s successes. This portion of the evening will include an award handed out by the elected members on the board of the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce to the “Member of the Year.” Nominations for this award are being accepted through March 18 on the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce website.

For the final portion of the evening, Congresswoman Martha McSally will take the stage to discuss the importance of community, the current governmental efforts that will impact the greater Vail area and Tucson. She will also discuss the issues faced by Southern Arizona going forward. The talk will include reference to the A-10 efforts and challenges that impact this region.

Tickets are available for purchase to the public. Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce members pay $50 per person and non-members pay $65. Sponsorships are available. Visit greatervailchamber.com to learn more.

About the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce:

The mission of the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce is, “Connecting businesses and community to grow, serve, and enrich the greater Vail area.” The seven-year old organization fulfills this mission by hosting regular events highlighting businesses and community members in and around the greater Vail area. Each year, they award $6,000 in scholarships to students in the Vail School District and give back to several non-profits through fundraising efforts and donations.

To learn more, please visit www.GreaterVailChamber.com

Contact: Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Michelle Harrington
Phone: (520) 261-8245
Email: Michelle@GreaterVailChamber.com

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The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce Urges Political Action for JTED

The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce Urges Political Action for JTED
By Brad Anderson, President of the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce (GVACC) has sent a letter to members of the Arizona State Senate and House of Representative urging them to restore funding for the Joint Technical Education Districts (JTED).

The Governor’s budget proposes a 50% cut in funding to the state’s programs. This cut would mean fewer valuable services being provided to Arizona’s students, including many in the Vail School District.

It is our belief that when businesses consider locating to Arizona, they look at major factors like the caliber of a potential work force and the state’s educational structure. The JTED program is one that brings tremendous value to our students and the future of the greater Vail area.

The high school graduation rate in 2014 for students who completed at least two or more classes in a row of state approved Career and Technical Education programs was 98%, according to the Arizona Department of Education. This is staggering considering the state’s overall graduation rate of 76%.

By 2020, almost 70% of Arizona’s jobs will require some form of education or training beyond high school. Career and Technical Education through programs like JTED increase levels of post-secondary schooling.

If Arizona met the national goal for post-secondary attainment of 60%, it would pump an additional $3.5 billion in personal income and tax revenue into the state economy each year, according to College Success Arizona.

The GVACC board members have requested the continuation of the current funding levels to support the JTED program. We believe that this will have a tremendous impact on the greater Vail area now and in the future.  

For more information about GVACC, please visit greatervailchamber.com 

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