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Economic Development
Mar 23, 2022

Becoming a Breakout City: Bring on the Remote Workers

Sponsored Content provided by Natalie English - President & CEO, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

The Wilmington Chamber's current strategic plan calls for our chamber to be collaborative, innovative, and inclusive, among other priorities. With those overarching goals in mind, we are thrilled to be the first local chamber in our country to welcome individual remote workers to our membership. Attracting and retaining people to live and work in our community, regardless of the location of their employers' headquarters, will increase the talent pool in southeastern North Carolina and our community's overall tax base. We're ready to help establish Wilmington as the destination for those looking to leave congested cities for a better quality of life.
Wilmington has historically been a welcome home to remote workers, especially those with jobs in the triangle looking for the quality of life we can provide. While it is still unclear whether the shift to remote work we saw during the height of COVID restrictions will be sustainable in the long term, we're committed to engaging with remote workers in our community who are seeking deep and meaningful connections to their peers and with our community. Now, regardless of whether you work for a local company or a company based on the west coast, remote workers can have access to special events and information that will help them connect to other members of the business community in Wilmington. 
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce team has developed a reputation for regularly delivering high-quality programming that includes educational content, inspirational keynote speakers, and leadership development training throughout the year. As members of the chamber, remote workers will also be invited to our members-only events, including our Elected Officials Appreciation BBQ and Oyster Roast. 
Between work and personal obligations, it can feel impossible for people to sort through all of the news to distill the information that matters most to today's local economy. The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce's weekly newsletter saves our members time, effort, and energy to deliver this mission-critical information clearly and concisely, week after week. Plus, members get details on local events, business spotlights, special notices, legislative updates, timely articles, and special discounts. The newsletter is a must-read resource that helps to keep our membership up to date on local issues. 
Advocating for our members' best interests is also an integral part of the Wilmington Chamber's mission. Government bodies and agencies enact rules and legislation week after week that can positively or negatively impact our local economy. Members of the chamber always get information "hot off the press," giving our investors the greatest advance notice of upcoming changes possible, putting member businesses in line for even greater success in the future. 
Remote workers who choose to invest in our chamber can expect to receive an ever-evolving "Membership Toolkit" that includes valuable resources and information, and opportunities to connect and continue developing as a professional. We look forward to you joining our chamber and working together to make Wilmington a more attractive place to work remotely in the future.

Natalie’s passion for helping others shines through the moment she strikes a conversation. As President & CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Natalie works with businesses, government and elected leaders to make the Wilmington community attractive for business growth and investment.
As a lifelong learner, Natalie has served as a chamber of commerce executive for over 20 years and is constantly striving for professional growth through speaking opportunities, leadership positions, and development of community relationships. She believes that chamber members bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our community and is proud to support them every day.
Prior to joining the Wilmington Chamber, Natalie spent a collective 11 years at the Charlotte Chamber, most recently as Chief Public Policy Officer. Natalie’s role included managing campaigns for community referenda which helped lead to the passage of over $5 billion in infrastructure investments since 2006.
Natalie received her B.A. in Communications from North Carolina State University, and achieved her designation as a Certified Chamber Executive in 2012, one of approximately 700 in the world. In 2010, the National Association of Women Business Owners – Charlotte Chapter awarded Natalie with their Community Service Award. In 2008, Natalie was awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship and completed a 25-day trip to Europe to learn about and advance trans-Atlantic relations. She was named as a 2008 Women in Business Achievement Award Winner by the Charlotte Business Journal and in 2009 and 2013 the Mecklenburg Times named Natalie one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte.
Natalie is also an active volunteer, serving on multiple boards, including United Way Cape Fear, The Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence, Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (CACCE), and Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).

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