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President's Message | July 2017

A great concern to our county is the number of unemployed and underemployed. Too many find that they can only afford to live on the beach or in overcrowded shelters of one kind or another. Beyond that, we know that many of our young people finish high school, community college, college or leave the military and are not able to find challenging jobs they desire here on Hawaii Island. The result is families are separated— young adults from their families and children from their grandparents.

As business leaders we ask: “How can we best help to resolve these issues?” The answer is clear: Grow our businesses and improve our business culture so that we can create the jobs that this County needs. We know what it takes for Hawaii Island businesses to be successful, to grow and to deliver quality products and services desired by our community and beyond the Islands.

This year we will reach out to other business, government and non-government organizations to come together to work through the issues that slow our growth. We will work to help the businesses here to be-come stronger and to reach out to new businesses and new industries to join our Island community.

Hawaii Island is one of the most beautiful locations in the world to work, live and play. With today’s communications networks the opportunity for adding significant value to goods and services – whether deliv-ered here or elsewhere – is limited only by our imagination. Our location near the equator surrounded by wa-ter and a clean environment can be matched by few other locales – and none of them with as stable a political environment, none of them with as friendly a community.

We are home to more national groups living in greater cultural diversity than any place on this earth. Here we can, and do, learn how to live together, how to take our differences and turn them into strength. As home to 11 of the world’s climatic zones the opportunity to find ways to make the most of each of those zones is unmatched anywhere – even within our own Island State.

By bringing our community together with a focus on resolving our jobs issues, we can begin to create an environment that develops more high value, personally rewarding jobs, This is the challenge and this year we will take the next of many steps to fulfill the future that our families need.

Bill Walter

July 2017 Chamber Connection Newsletter