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After more than 30 years managing three very different chambers of commerce and 12 years in politics, I tried to capture lessons I wish I had known when I started out. Apparently no one had taken a comprehensive look at the work of a chamber professional and the realities of work in a chamber of commerce.


I retired from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in 2019 after 15 years and spent the first year of my retirement reflecting on life in Chamber World. In effect I was writing a letter to myself about what I had learned.


I encourage chamber leaders to practice what I call civic entrepreneurship, actively innovating by capturing a vision for their communities and bringing cutting-edge ideas and best practices from outside their communities to implement at home.


Dave Adkisson Comments on President Obama Meeting with U.S. Chamber Board
Adkisson Speaks to the Graduating Class of Georgetown College (beginning at 36:00)