Sinders keynotes Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

Mike Wolanin | The Republic Vanessa Sinders, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, delivers the keynote speech during the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at The Commons in Columbus, Ind., Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The new leader of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce spoke to a meeting of local business leaders Tuesday, advocating for the state chamber’s vision of making Indiana and its communities better places for businesses to operate and for people to live, work and visit.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be able to kick off this tour, kick off this conversation in a place like Columbus that is truly leading the way for the state and the nation in so many different areas,” Indiana Chamber President and CEO Vanessa Green Sinders told the annual meeting of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce at the Commons.

Sinders, a former Fortune 100 executive, consultant and veteran national policy strategist, visited Columbus and addressed the chamber as part of her statewide spring speaking tour to area chambers and business organizations, dubbed “Partners IN Prosperity.” The tour is partly Sinders’ introduction to local chambers and business groups but also promotes the state chamber’s and the Indiana Chamber Foundation’s initiative, “Indiana Prosperity 2035 A Vision for Economic Acceleration.”

That plan advances the chamber’s policy goals in six key areas: Workforce; K-12 education; economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship; infrastructure and energy; quality of place strategies; and healthy, prosperous communities and citizens.

“There is so much good happening in this state, and that is something to be celebrated,” Sinders said. “… That said, I’m a big believer in, no matter how good you are, there’s always more that can be done.”

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