Advocacy: The Greater Haverhill Chamber's Initiatives
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce participates in a wide variety of formal and ad hoc initiatives that are designed to have a positive impact on the communities we serve in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Team Haverhill is an independent, non-partisan, citizen action group dedicated to making Haverhill a better place to live, work and play. Team Haverhill is funded by the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce under the Community Arts & Education grant. Some of Team Haverhill’s Successes include:
Downtown Murals Project
Creative Haverhill is an initiative of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce that stimulates economic development by identifying, promoting, and nurturing our local cultural assets. We team up with cultural organizations and creative businesses, as well as individual artists and artisans, who know that the arts, culture, and aesthetics are indispensable for a healthy community. Visit the Creative Haverhill website to search for community events and classes, restaurants and much much more!
Small Business Roundtable - State of Massachusetts
Sven Amerian, President of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce sits
on the Small Business Roundtable created by Governor Deval Patrick and his
senior Economic Development team for the Commonwealth. We are only one of
two Chambers represented on the Committee. The Small Business Roundtable meets twice a month to discuss economic development issues and strategies for the Commonwealth. Sven has been representing the Merrimack Valley business community on this committee since its inception in June 2009.
Tax Classification - City of Haverhill
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs
Committee actively meets with Haverhill City Councilors and Haverhill City Assessor Steve Gullo to review and advocate for the business community's tax rate to be more evenly assigned with the residential tax rate. The City of Haverhill has a "split tax rate" in which Haverhill businesses are taxed at a higher rate than homeowners. In 2008 the Chamber was victorious holding business taxes steady.
Mayor Fiorentini's Haverhill Parking Garage Committee
Plaistow Economic Development Committee
The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
The Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council
The Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board