The role of the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce in economic development is to recruit outside investment and work with existing businesses who are considering expansions. Our partners in economic development include the City of Fort Smith, Chaffee Crossing, and the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The Economic Development Division will work to help these expansions come to fruition.
Developing a quality workforce is crucial to economic development. The Chamber works closely with local schools to nurture and support students to ensure that they have the skills, ethics and knowledge to be successful when they enter the workforce. The Education and Quality of Place Division will promote and support education in Fort Smith and enhance additional characteristics of our community so that we retain and attract individuals and companies to the Greater Fort Smith Region.
A key responsibility of the Chamber is to serve as a legislative advocate for the Greater Fort Smith Region on a state and federal level. The Chamber provides opportunities for members to network with lawmakers and government officials to make them aware of issues that are important to community. The Governmental Affairs Division will develop a public policy agenda and educate policy makers on the issues that will move the Greater Fort Smith Region forward on the local, state, and federal level.
The Chamber is a membership-driven organization. Our members are the key to our success and the region’s growth. Another core responsibility of the Chamber is networking. With over 1,000 members, the Chamber network is the premier business networking organization in the Greater Fort Smith Region. The Chamber dedicates staff and resources to ensure that members have the opportunity to network through various events and programs. The Membership Marketing and Services Division will attract new members while providing existing members with programs, information, marketing opportunities and services to enhance their competitive edge and grow their business.