More than 100 community leaders from the public, private, nonprofit and education sectors convened at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort April 13-15 for The Next Level Summit. This three-day event allowed for candid, in-depth discussions on a variety of pressing community issues. Multiple breakout sessions were held on each of the highlighted topics and the discussions were moderated by the same local leaders who led panel discussions during The Next Level Series, several issue-focused educational forums that preceded the Summit.
These discussions resulted in the creation of proactive action items to address many of the challenges and opportunities identified through both the Series and Summit. Various local stakeholder groups will take on the responsibility of these action items, including the Chamber through its upcoming five-year strategic plan.
Numerous public policy-related items were also thoroughly considered during the Summit, and the subsequent positions will become priorities of the Chamber's Public Policy Agenda immediately. The Chamber's Public Affairs Council will serve as a primary venue for ongoing updates from all newly formed committees, task forces, and working groups, and will also coordinate stakeholder advocacy on the identified public policy priorities.