Launched in 2018 during our 50th Anniversary celebration, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce's Future Focus Initiative is designed to inspire direction for West Hawai‘i's business community. The purpose of this initiative is to develop and implement a future focused research project and summit event while engaging existing and emerging business leaders in the region.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL:
The Future Focus Initiative is led by a Young Professionals Leadership Council (YPLC) that meets monthly like other KKCC committees.
Guidance is offered through a Steering Committee that consists of a Board Member, the Education & Workforce Development Committee Chair and the Executive Director. Reports are made to the KKCC Board of Directors for project oversight.
RESEARCH PROJECT and VISION 2025: The YPLC identified the following Future Focus Pillars: 1) Cultural & Heritage Preservation, 2) Environmental Sustainability, 3) Entrepreneurship, 4) Leadership & Responsibility. Sectors include: 1) Agriculture & Food, 2) Education & Workforce, 3) Health & Wellness, 4) Housing & Infrastructure, 5) Innovation, Technology & Science and 6) Visitor Industry. The YPLC developed a series of questions that aligned to the pillars and sectors that was sent to the Chamber Membership in 2019. Please see the responses below. Due to COVID-19 impacts, the YPLC is currently working to gather an additonal set of data to compare to the data collected prior to the crisis. These results along with those below will be published in a final report titled Vision 2025 in 2021.
FUTURE FOCUS SUMMIT EVENT: On Friday, October 25, 2019, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce held the Future Focus Summit at the Marriott Waikoloa. The event began with a poster session highlighting preliminary data from the Vision 2025 report plus a welcome address. Attendees broke into smaller groups for a facilitated session with a series of questions to learn more about the challenges facing businesses today and to seek solutions for tomorrow. This data is being added to the Vision 2025 report. Summit attendees continued the conversation at a pau hana Sunset Reception over looking historic Kuʻualiʻi and Kahapapa Fishponds at Anaehoʻomalu Bay - an ideal venue for expanding reach and building professional relationships.