In 2018, the Greater Haines Chamber of Commerce began to undergo a key transition as an organization. Many excellent initiatives in Haines, such as conservation, social services, education, and community-life had found their voice at the borough, state, and federal level, but unfortunately the business community, which serves as the backbone that supports all these other initiatives, was essentially voiceless in the government sector. Furthermore, needed infrastructure repairs and improvements were being advocated against, and thus many opportunities for sustainable growth were passing our community by.The Haines Chamber answered the call to address these problems through advocacy for responsible commerce, infrastructure improvement, and inter-organizational collaboration.
By definition*, an advocate is "one who pleads the cause of another." As the Chamber of Commerce, we understand that our primary function is to be an advocate for the Haines business community, which involves representation at the local, state, and federal levels. Our vision is for a thriving Haines requires a thriving local business sector, which benefits the governmental, consumer, and non-profit sectors. Indeed, the starting