The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce has adopted new mission and vision statements, and with them, a clearer definition of its role in the community.


The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce has adopted new mission and vision statements, and with them, a clearer definition of its role in the community.
“We have listened to our members and the community about what they want the Chamber to be,” Executive Director Jim Schwarzenberger said in a news release. “The result is a sharper focus for greater value, relevance and impact. This change is reflected in our revised mission and vision statements.”
The new statements read:   

“The vision of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce is economic vitality through a relevant and proactive business community.” “The mission of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce is to lead, support, and influence economic vitality.”

“Economic vitality is the foundation on which strong communities can be built,” Schwarzenberger said. “The Chamber’s goal is to foster that vitality for the entire community.”
The Chamber already has begun implementing new initiatives to bring the vision to life, including a series of business seminars, a market research study on the value of the Chamber and the Stand and Deliver customer service boot camps.
“This community is on a journey to somewhere great,” Chamber Board President Jason High said in a news release. “The Chamber is re-evaluating the best ways to bring value to our members and build the economy of Newton. I’m really excited to be a part of what’s happening.”   
The new vision and mission statements focus more specifically on the business community than the Chamber has done in the past, but Schwarzenberger said the Chamber still is committed to serving the community’s nonprofits and social service agencies.
“Nonprofits are an integral and important part of the Newton landscape,” Schwarzenberger said. “The Chamber’s strategy is to focus on the business community first. Then, with a more robust local economy, the need for social services is reduced, and there’s greater funding and resources for the social service needs that remain.”
The story does not end, however, with the unveiling of the new mission statement. Schwarzenberger said the Chamber hopes to use the change to renew enthusiasm among its members and inspire more businesses to become members.
“We have an opportunity here to engage the community in a new way,” he said. “We’re looking forward to continuing conversations during the next few months about what economic vitality for Newton means and how the Chamber can help get us there.”