How to Hold a Successful Virtual Networking Event

Tuesday, January 12 - 10:00am 
Are you still trying to figure out how to hold virtual networking events successfully for your Chamber? Learn from Sara Persing, Membership Services Manager with the Gwinnett (GA) Chamber, on how they have held 100+ virtual networking events with great success. She will share what audiences they are targeting, how they're using Zoom for these virtual events, and how to set these up for your Chamber.
You must register to participate in this free webinar. CLICK HERE to register for the event
PA Chamber
Looking to a Fresh Start in the New Year
Gene Barr, President and CEO
The New Year brings a new legislative session and a chance for a fresh start.  The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is a much needed light at the end of what has felt like a long and ominous tunnel, but our work is nowhere near done
CLICK HERE to read the full article.   
Grow PA Grow PA: Statewide Strategies to Get Connected
On January 14th, the Venango County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual Grow PA gathering to discuss regional and statewide strategies for expanding broadband access and how we can modernize and innovate over the next decade to compete in a fast-changing global economy.  Venango County Chamber President Susan Williams will lead an in-depth conversation with business, academic, and civic leaders presenting real-time solutions to meet this critical infrastructure need.

Please click here for more information and to register for the January 14 virtual event.  

If you would like to share innovative ongoing work in your community, suggest research topics for consideration or host a gathering, please contact Liz Ferry at

What We Learned From the Unexpected
As we look to the new year (with great relief to let 2020 go and great hope for 2021), we know that we cannot fully prepare for the new without pausing to take stock of the old.
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YGM will also be conducting Facebook live interviews throughout 2021. Click here for their interview on an innovative awards program. 

Cambria Regional Chamber 
The Chamber is partnering with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies on a program to attract remote workers to Johnstown. Between 2005 and 2017 there was a 159% increase in remote work nationwide - that was pre-COVID! Global Workforce Analytics predict - within the next two years, 25 to 30% of the workforce will be working from home at least one or more days a week. At the same time there is a desire by many to leave the hustle and bustle of crowded cities and head to places with less people, less traffic and lots of fresh air.  According to a article, online mover marketplace HireAHelper shows a high percentage of out migration from major urban markets like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. The data shows those folks are moving to small and medium sized cities around the country. In Johnstown our relators are seeing an influx of people from outside the region purchasing homes. When comparing this year to last, there is lower inventory, homes are selling faster with increased multiple offer situations, the average sold price is up $10,671 and days on the market is down by 31 days.  We have started with a new website that highlights the things that are important to remote workers - details on broadband access, safety, cost of living and outdoor recreation. We will follow this with a targeted social media campaign and perhaps next steps will include relocation incentives. More to come, but for now we are finding a potential silver lining in the pandemic.
Indian Valley Chamber 
The Indian Valley Chamber is pleased to welcome the members of the Hatfield Chamber of Commerce as new members.  After 93 years of service to the community, the Hatfield Chamber has decided to close their doors.  The merger is effective January 1, 2021, and you can read more here
Main Line Chamber 
The Chamber honored Dr. Joy Gates Black, president of The Delaware County Community College, as the recipient of the Gold Leaf Women in Leadership Award virtually on the morning of Wednesday, December 16. Attendees were given the opportunity for virtual introductions to fellow attendees following the webinar presentation. The Chamber's virtual events, which featured an innovative use of the Zoom platform both webinar and meeting function, is leading to new connections and valuable follow-up action steps for the Chamber's members. This event, and presentation of the 12th annual Gold Leaf Award, is at the intersection of the Society of Professional Women, the largest women in business group in Greater Philadelphia and the Chamber's general membership - making it unique among its annual Signature Events.
Click here to see What We're Reading - Looking to 2021.
Click here to learn more about Alliances, Mergers, and Partnerships.
Click here for more information on ACCE's Non-Dues Revenue Resource Guide.
U.S. Chamber Foundation - Institute 
Click here for the Winter Webinar Series from Institute starting January 6.