Island Vibes March 2024

ello Isle of Palms community! I am honored to serve as the Isle of Palms Chamber of Commerce president for 2024. I want to give special thanks to former president Ryan Buckhannon for helping the chamber achieve success in its second year. Our chamber is built on a strong foundation of collaboration, outreach and unity between residents and the business community. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us over the past two years, including our members, island residents, businesses, city employees and elected officials. For the remaining 10 months, we will focus on three core areas to support our future members and leaders: 1. Attracting new members and associate members – We welcome all potential business members and enChamber Notes New ‘associate membership’ available to residents and beyond By Rod Turnage, President, IOP Chamber of Commerce BUSINESS 10 H courage new business memberships and renewals. We also recently established an "associate membership" for residents or freelancers who want to be involved in our chamber efforts to support our business community. For more information on memberships, visit 2. Structures and procedures – We will look closely at our structures and procedures to best support our foundational framework in the coming years. The chamber will implement an outreach and campaign calendar, leadership and member surveys and establish our Strategic Plan. 3. Expanding reach and relevance – We value open dialogue and involvement from the city, residents, businesses, new members and visitors. We will continue to support community and nonprofit events. In addition, we will be identifying committee groups and assignments in the coming months. Most committees will align to a community business need or area of interest. Some examples include food and beverage, nonprofit, community engagement/local events and good neighbor best practices. The chamber would like to extend thanks to the Isle of Palms Police Department for hosting a business roundtable session on Feb. 16. Many of our members and local businesses attended and are appreciative of the police department for being proactive in planning and scheduling. Team members from the police department are consistently attending chamber meetings while providing valuable community updates around public safety, livability and code enforcement. You can stay informed on all things community and IOP Chamber by following @DiscoverIOP and @ IOPchamber. We invite you to join us on March 26 from noon to 1 p.m. at the IOP Exchange Club for our IOP Chamber meeting. Our guest speaker Jeff Minton, Wild Dunes director of sports, will provide a full update on the Wild Dunes golf course renovations and other Wild Dunes sports news. Thank you for your continued support and for making the Isle of Palms a world-class home to live, work and play.