An aggressive business expansion and attraction program, “Power Our Potential” is an initiative of Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Advantage Manhattan economic development plan. Advantage Manhattan has input and support from private and public sectors within the Manhattan area. Advantage Manhattan, “Power Our Potential” is designed to raise funds to develop and implement the Chamber’s increased economic development initiatives for five years. In partnership with local governments, community organizations and businesses, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce will build a cooperative vision for achieving the five-year measurable goals outlined in its economic development initiatives. Key areas of implementation: • Community-driven Economic Development Plan • Business Health • Workforce Solutions • Advocacy and Outreach • Regionalism and Partnerships • Business Recruitment and Entrepreneurship
Community Driven Economic Development Plan Obtain and implement a community-based economic development plan to guide the Manhattan area and maximize impact of future economic growth opportunities. Business Health Support growth of existing primary employers in the Manhattan area. Workforce Solutions Support development of short-term and long-term solutions to meet workforce needs of area employers. Advocacy and Outreach Support Manhattan area businesses through continued advocacy, communications, and outreach for local, state and national issues. Regionalism and Partnerships Enhance involvement with economic development partnerships in facilitating business and community growth. Business Recruitment and Entrepreneurship Diversify the regional economy through targeted business recruitment and entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem as a preferred site for business.