With the leaves beginning to turn, hopefully, you will pause to enjoy the spectacular scenery, amazing shops and restaurants, trails and sails, and connect with the wonderful people in the greater Cape Ann region.
As we shift into October, we resume our Business Education Collaborative. The Collaborative is an incredible partnership with our educational institutions, our business community, and our non-profits. The mission of the Business Education Collaborative is to engage the Cape Ann Business community regularly and most meaningfully with our local schools towards the overall goal of enriching our students’ education, aiding with career path decisions, and helping to inform of employment opportunities. This is a great opportunity to get involved, supporting our students and future workforce.
With Fall upon us, we move toward local elections. The Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce – Government Affairs Council sponsors public forums for candidate debates and for discussion of public policy-related issues. We are pleased to host candidate debates for the upcoming elections in Gloucester, including the Mayoral candidate debates and Ward 2 City Councilor Debates on October 25th at Gloucester Stage Company, and the City Councilor at Large Debates as well as the School Committee debates at Gloucester High School on October 30th. Our community Division meetings which include public officials, town representatives along with local businesses and residents continue as well, including our upcoming Essex Division Meeting on the morning of October 25th. We a grateful to assist with healthy political discussion as well as community dialogue.
Fall by no means represents a decline in “things to do” in our beautiful region. Quite the opposite. Our autumn signature events in the region are just around the corner, including Ipswich Illuminations on October 6th – 8th, The 39th Annual Essex Clamfest and Chowder Competition (We have 12 Chowder Competitors this year!) on October 21st, The Annual $25,000 Game at the Elks on October 26th, Gloucester 400+ events continue throughout October, Cape Ann Plein Air and so much more. Please check out our calendar on the Chamber website. You don’t want to miss out on all the great happenings in our region.
Autumn is often connected with reconnecting and throughout 2023 our staff and Board of Directors has continued our focus on connecting commerce and community. Please consider participating in our committees, meetings, collaborative initiatives to make new connections, strengthen your existing professional relationships, or simply to have fun, while supporting and strengthening our region.
Loran Caputo, President, GCACC Board of Directors
Steve Buckley, CEO Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce