Can Do! received the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s highest honor as recipient of the 2012 Chamber of Commerce President’s Award.
Can Do! Chair John Bailey accepted the award from Chamber President Bryan Myrkle at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner held in January.
“The Presidents Award is given annually to an outstanding business or organization that has had a sustained, positive impact on the community. The names of previous winners read like a who’s who of the Charlotte business community, and their combined efforts over the years have made Charlotte the great hometown that it is.”
“In fact, the businesses and organizations that have earned this honor over the years have such stature in the community that it becomes difficult to continue finding honorees who can live up to the standards set by past winners. However, as I considered who should receive this special recognition in 2012, a worthy recipient ended-up being very close at hand.”
“This organization, now in its 15th year, has carried the banner for Charlotte, spreading the word, both inside the community and outside to the wider region, about the great things happening here.”
“While it has avoided credit-seeking over the years, and instead worked to promote the success of the community as a whole; its list of accomplishments is now too long to avoid getting the recognition it deserves.”
“Perhaps its most visible accomplishment is the creation and ongoing broadcast of the well-known and popular ‘Celebrate Charlotte!’ community marketing effort. What started simply as a logo and a positive message to our own residents has grown to become an annual summer festival, and a long-running television advertising campaign and commercial jingle celebrating our community’s successes.”
“Another long-standing hallmark of the organization is its popular monthly general membership meetings. These morning sessions often feature a special educational program or guest from outside Charlotte. However, they are also used to update the members on organizational projects, and are a great place for networking.”
“Can DO! serves as a community clearing house of ideas, and an incubator for local initiatives. Its current projects include the creation of a master plan for non-motorized transportation, an ongoing series of classes and seminars for entrepreneurs, a leadership development program, and local artist networking and showcase through Experience Art. Can Do! is consistently focused on Charlotte’s quality of life, and how it can be improved.”
“Many other communities have a local or county economic development agency whose services they subscribe to, but no other community I know of has developed and sustained a self-organizing, volunteer organization focused on community improvements they way that Can Do! is.”
“As Can Do!, Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity, enters its 15th year, I am happy to recognize its efforts and success with this year’s Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President’s Award.”