The Capital Region Chamber (NY) has an umbrella organization structure, formed in 2015, intentionally designed to align similar-purpose organizations. Under consolidation, CEG would become a subsidiary of the Chamber and would retain its identity and economic development role in the eight-county greater Capital Region. CEG staff would combine with Chamber staff, the Chamber CEO Mark Eagan would also serve as CEG’s CEO. (Jun 25, 2020)
Blog post by Chris Romer, President and CEO of Vail Valley Partnership (CO) gives examples of PPPs between the Vail Valley Partnership and local government, which help build a stronger community and make Eagle County more competitive. (Apr 2, 2018)
Partnering to Meet Community Needs
In response to the small business crisis created by the pandemic, the Indy Chamber (IN) launched a Rapid Response Loan Fund to offer immediate, affordable loan options for small businesses and began processing federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. This is a replicable model that could become a non-dues revenue stream for chambers while also providing capital into marginalized communities that have historically been left behind by mainstream finance.
Structure of the Loan Fund
The Indy Chamber’s Rapid Response Loans are administered by the Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) in partnership with Bankable, a local nonprofit lender. As the umbrella organization for the Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneurship Division, BOI is a recently certified community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides emergency assistance for small businesses affected by COVID-19 via free one-on-one business coaching and access to lending capital.
A case study by The Brookings Institution of the Indy Chamber’s Rapid Response Loans administered by the umbrella organization for the Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneurship Division: the Business Ownership Initiative (BOI). BOI partnered with another CDFI, Bankable, to distribute COVID-19 relief funds. (Jul 23, 2020)
Bylaws of the Michigan West Coast Chamber, which was created after the merger of the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Zeeland Chamber of Commerce. The bylaws contain the Memorandum of Understanding between both chambers.
The Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region, the Goleta Chamber of Commerce, and the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce have united to form the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce — from Goleta to Carpinteria (CA). The new merger will begin its unified approach to tackling the region’s economic devastation on July 1, 2020.
In May 2020, The Minneapolis Regional Chamber (MN) and the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce announced their plans to merge into one unified chamber to better serve members and the business community in a post COVID-19 economy. The new combined chamber will represent more than 2,000 businesses across the greater Twin Cities metro area.
The Greater York Chamber of Commerce and the York County Regional Chamber merged in 2019 to create the York County Regional Chamber (SC). The new larger and stronger organization serves nearly 1000 members.
The Minority Economic Development Council (MEDC) was incorporated into the activities and offerings of the The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce (OH) in Oct 2010. The fusion of MEDC and the Chamber will help guide efforts in minority inclusion and leverage local MBE firms and minorities to deliver value to the region’s economy.
The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce (TX) unanimously approved a merger with the 34-year-old Lubbock Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in April 2008. The Lubbock Chamber subsequently launched the Hispanic Business Division to work with Hispanic businesses.
The Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce (NV) and the Latin American Chamber of Business merged in 2018 to bring the business community together under one roof and to promote economic vitality in the community.
The Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and Johnson County Development Corp. merged as a result of an evolution in economic development. The new organization, formally launched Jan 1, 2020, is called Aspire Johnson County (IN).
In 2012, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. merged to become a single entity known as the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. Later that year, the group rebranded itself as the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. In 2016, the group changed its name to the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC (CO), which they felt was a less confusing name that would be more widely recognized and understood.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (IL) and the Rockford Area Economic Development Council believe coming together under one umbrella organization called the Greater Rockford Growth Partnership will help the organizations work together on common goals like business attraction, business retention and workforce development, and it will allow for stronger advocacy on issues favorable to business. (Jan 5, 2021)
Greater St. Louis Inc. is the name of the new nonprofit formed by a merger of five local private-sector business groups — St. Louis Regional Chamber, AllianceSTL, Civic Progress, Downtown STL Inc. and Arch to Park. Jason Hall, the current CEO of Arch to Park, will lead the new nonprofit and Andy Taylor, executive chairman of Clayton-based rental car giant Enterprise Holdings, will serve as its first board chair. (Oct 29, 2020)
The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and Winston-Salem Business Inc. merged in 2020. The newly formed Greater Winston-Salem Inc. (NC) provides a unified voice for economic development in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
The Indy Chamber (IN) was created by the 2012 merger of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Develop Indy, Indy Partnership, and Business Ownership Initiative. The new organization provides a unified effort for economic development and business growth in the Indianapolis region.
Slide deck with information about the Indy Chamber's merger with local economic development organizations Indy Partnership, Develop Indy, and Business Ownership. Outlines opportunities and challenges of the merger.
An article on the the merger of the Orlando Economic Development Commission and the Central Florida Partnership, which included the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, to become the Orlando Economic Partnership in 2017.
Partnership Lake Houston, a new organization, has formed as the result of the merger of two local entities: the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Houston Area Economic Development Partnership. The partnership will help businesses navigate economic incentives, financing and tax benefits, and advocate for local businesses in the Texas Legislature. (Oct 30, 2020)
The Capital Region Chamber was formed as an umbrella organization in the spring of 2015 by the memberships of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber and the Chamber of Schenectady County to be a unifying force for regional business interests and to provide broad-based member services across the four-county area.
The Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce (CA) is a multi-city regional chamber formed in 2016 from the merger of the Coachella, La Quinta, and Indio Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. The GCVCC has since added additional chambers, serves over 1,300 members, and has 5 local offices.
The Greater Topeka Partnership (GTP) consists of several distinct legal entities, referred to as "Partners," each with its own mission, Bylaws, board of directors and committees. To harmonize the governance of the Partners, the following Uniform Provisions have been developed for incorporation into each Partner's Bylaws.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber has more than 15 affiliated chambers as well as a number of regional business councils. In 2019, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber absorbed the Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce in a trial partnership, which could eventually lead to a merger.
The Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce and the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance merged in Jan 2019 to form the Greater Niles Chamber of Commerce (MI). The merger also includes a new partnership with the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is being contracted to handle back-office functions.