At the historic Mather Arch park on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Fort Erie, Mike Watt, Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) and Dean Demizio, President of the Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce (GFECC) signed an agreement to strengthen the ties between the two business organizations.
"The signing of today's agreement is the first step in forging a strong relationship between the two chambers," explains Mike Watt. "We look forward to working in collaboration with the Greater Fort Erie Board to provide an effective voice for their members and for businesses across Niagara."
The agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the tenants of a partnership to provide a strong voice for business at the regional, provincial, and federal levels of government and to collaborate on events and programs that are regional in design. The agreement also outlines the roles and responsibilities for both parties.
"The Greater Fort Erie Chamber Board of Directors feels this new collaboration will act as a catalyst to strengthen both our local membership's interests as well as provide a stronger voice for the entire Niagara Region,"states GFECC President Dean Demizio. "Our partnership will work to reflect the unique nature of local businesses and provide an infrastructure by which to promote, lobby, and advocate on behalf of our members and the regional business community."
Based on the agreement the GNCC will be responsible for developing and implementing business-focused policy positions that are regional, provincial, and federal in scope. The regional chamber will also provide business representation at Regional Council and regional committee meetings.
"We are excited to begin this new venture with the Greater Niagara Chamber," continued Demizio. "We're hopeful our alliance will enhance our members' connections and representation across Niagara's business landscape as well as strengthen the voice of business at all levels of government."
"The Board of the Greater Fort Erie Chamber is to be commended for their leadership," continued Watt. "We've been working on this agreement for the past few months, and today marks a significant milestone for both organizations. With the combined membership of both organizations at more than 1,700 members, we are definitely stronger today because of this agreement."