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  • 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) Bio-Cultural & Heritage Preservation, 2) Entrepreneurship, 3) Leadership & Responsibility and 4) Sustainability. 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. The responses are currently being analyzed and preliminary data will be shared at the upcoming Future Focus Summit (below). In addition, the YPLC is conducting interviews with key stakeholders in the region and state which included an interview with Governor Ige. The results from the questionnaire, interviews and summit event breakout sessions will be presented in the initiative's final report titled Vision 2025 - publish date June 2020.
    FUTURE FOCUS SUMMIT EVENT: On Friday, October 25, 2019, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce will hold the Future Focus Summit at the Marriott Waikoloa. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. with a poster session highlighting preliminary data from the Vision 2025 report plus a welcome address. Attendees will then break into smaller groups for a facilitated session with a series of questions. We want to learn more about the challenges facing businesses today and ideas from the business community about solutions for tomorrow. This data will be added to the Vision 2025 report. Summit attendees can continue 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.



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