The Jackson Chamber of Commerce wants to show off the town.
It wants to find solutions to city ordinances that may make it difficult to do business.
And it wants to see better communication between the nonprofit groups that serve residents.
The executive director of Jackson's chamber, Ken Parrett, on Monday outlined the direction of the chamber for the next fiscal year, which will begin July 1.
The new year will mark the beginning of three new concepts, the result of the chamber retreat on May 4.
At 3 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month, the chamber will conduct a new-leader orientation, or VIP tour, so to speak. The chamber will have at least one member of the chamber's Community Development Committee guide a tour for new business and community leaders in town in a Cape County Transit Authority van.
"We'll give them an information packet, a list of city services and show them the community," Parrett said. "And we decided to do it on the second Tuesday so we can wind up at the business after hours Tuesday evening and introduce them to others in the business community."
Another new concept is to contact nonprofit service organizations -- service clubs and the Jackson Ministerial Alliance, for example -- and get the leaders to meet quarterly.
Parrett said he hopes that communication will allow the organizations to share ideas, prevent duplication of services, organize cooperative events and discuss successes and failures.
"You might have an organization that wants to try something and another one might say, 'We tried that. It didn't work,'" Parrett said.
Everybody to have a voice
Parrett said the chamber will facilitate the meetings, but hopes that leaders emerge.
"Everybody will have a voice," he said. "There won't be one leader."
The Rev. Sam Roethemeyer, president of the Jackson Ministerial Alliance, likes the idea of an umbrella organization that would improve communication among the various civic clubs and service groups.
"I think it never hurts because it draws attention to all of the resources we have to offer to the people, and to strengthen what we have," he said.
The Jackson chamber also plans to establish a task force which will be charged at looking into the city's business ordinances.
He said the task force will come up with ideas and present recommendations to the city on how to make the ordinances more business friendly "and maintain the integrity of the city."
Janet Sanders, building and planning superintendent for the city of Jackson, isn't sure what the task force will recommend.
She said city planning and zoning restrictions do generate complaints from businessmen from time to time.
Sanders said city restrictions on placement of commercial buildings and business sign restrictions probably generate the most complaints. "You always get a little bit of that anytime somebody has to work under restrictions that they are not familiar with," she said.
Staff writer Mark Bliss contributed to this report