The Chamber works through various committees to ensure quality programs and member benefits. The more you participate in Chamber activities, the more you will benefit. Looking for a way to get more involved? Get connected with the Chamber committees! Contact Vickie Jones with Membership Services for more details (252) 527-1131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership Services Membership Services is responsible to the Board of Directors for activities and projects that will increase the Chamberâs membership and retain its present membership. Â Join the AmbassadorsÂ as they help communicate benefits to Chamber members and volunteer to assist with Ribbon Cuttings, Business Before/After Hours and other events. Special Projects Special Projects is responsible to the Board of Directors for activities and special projects that give Chamber members an opportunity to network with other members and make valuable new business contacts. In some cases, these activities generate non-dues income for the Chamber. Agri-Business The Chamber will take an active role in increasing awareness for this segment of the membership population. The Agri-community is invited to participate in identifying their current needs as related to business and Chamber involvement. Manufacturing & Industry This newly adopted committee had its debut in 2007. Early plans are to form a committee of individuals interested in identifying direction and opportunities for the Chamber to support this segment of the membership. This committee offers a new platform to encourage dialogue and action. Education Foundation The Education Committee and Foundation is a catalyst for educational excellence and an improved quality of life in Lenoir County by connecting the business community and all levels of education through related activities and awareness. The committee is a partnership between the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for Children of Lenoir/Greene Counties, the Lenoir County Public Schools and the Lenoir Community College. Governmental Affairs Governmental Affairs is responsible to the Board of Directors for activities and projects that address public policy issues that affect the business climate and business community of Kinston and Lenoir County. In addition, these activities will inform the Chamber membership of identified public policy issues and solicit input from the Chamber membership in regards to their own concerns. Diversity Affairs The Diversity Affairs Committee is an extension of the Chamber of Commerce working to identify and pursue projects that will result in developing and expanding the economic prosperity of minority businesses within Kinston and Lenoir County. Community Development Community Development is responsible to the Board of Directors for activities and projects, which lead towards improvement of the physical and environmental elements of the community, so that it will become a better and more attractive place in which to live, work, shop and invest. Business & Tourism Development The Business and Tourism Development committeeâs responsibility is to work toward improving the total economy, specifically directed toward commercial, retail, and industrial development while supporting agriculture and tourism.