The EACC Board of Directors held its first meeting of 2018 on January 26 at the Warehouse at SIDIS in Covington, part of the Kentucky Innovation Network. After a welcome from Casey Barach, Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network and an introduction to its work of building tech companies, Board members heard from Melinda Kruyer (Executive Director of Confluence) and Antony Seppi (“Director of Flow” at Pipeline) about why a partnership with the EACC to promote the development of water technologies is important for our region.
Executive Director Schwartz briefed on membership and financial performance for 2017. Net membership fell slightly in 2017, despite 10 new members joining the organization. And we also saw a small financial shortfall in 2017, in part due to reduced sponsorship income.
Turning to the work plan for 2018, Schwartz noted that our new Workforce development strategy (Celebrate EACC members that are making a difference in workforce development; Connect EACC members to resources to support workforce development; and Advocate for improved attitudes toward careers in manufacturing) would supplement our ongoing talent development programs including the Young Professionals and Women’s Initiative as well as our Global Internship Program. On Economic Development; planning continues apace for an Investment Promotion trip to Italy in the spring and to Finland in December as well as our ongoing partnership with Pipeline and Confluence. And on Business Development, Schwartz noted that while a final decision had been delayed on the “Start Something Bold” voice-of-of-the-customer initiative, EACC staff was continuing actively work on signing up new members along with a plan to improve member retention through outreach. He closed by reminding board members of their pledges to lend material support to EACC staff in organizing and hosting the Annual Gala and the first-ever EACC All Chapter conference on May 16 and said specific requests for support were forthcoming.
Board President Doug Moormann then led a discussion about what could be done to make sponsorships for our major events more palatable to members. EACC staff will use that input to redesign sponsorship packages for the Annual Gala and for other events going forward.
EACC Members can request a full copy of the board meeting minutes once the draft has been approved by the Board at its next meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018.