“And we want to do that by empowering the residents,” said Klink, who remains active with the organization, and is now able to be a voting member of its board. “It’s all about what the residents want. The magic comes from listening to the residents, working hand-by-hand, side-by-side, listening to what is on their mind, and providing resources for them to create that safe, clean and engaged neighborhood.”
She invited everyone to join 17Strong, and others who live outside the city “if you have some ideas or suggestions, things you’re doing in your community, let us know.”
“A community is only as strong as its neighborhoods,” she said.
“Her leadership has got us to the point where we are so proud of our neighborhoods, and they’re going to get even better,” Mayor Pat Moeller said in a video shown during the dinner about Klink.
The chamber’s first-ever annual meeting and dinner happened when Cincinnatian William Howard Taft was the U.S. president, and the chamber’s president and CEO, Dan Bates, said the organization will celebrate that 110th year with an open house of its newly remodeled offices. There are also preparations happening for businesses as the city approaches the anticipated late-2021 opening of Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill, which will be North America’s largest indoor sports complex and the region’s second largest convention center.
The chamber and Miami University’s regional campuses this spring will offer training to all front-line staff in every city business on how to provide “high-level, consistent customer service,” in preparation for Spooky Nook’s opening. The goal will be to “make every customer-service experience in Hamilton a positive one.”
Bates said the chamber started this year with a stretch goal of adding 100 members.
“So far this year, we have already gained 40 new members, he added.