One-Walker

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Lacey Wilson
One-Walker is a movement sparking collaboration between four cities and their respective governments in Walker County, Georgia.
"Innovation— any new idea—by definition will not be accepted at first. It takes repeated attempts, endless demonstrations, monotonous rehearsals before innovation can be accepted and internalized by an organization.” — Warren Bennis In 1991, local leaders drove the efforts to combine three city chambers of commerce into one county-wide Chamber. This core group of leaders set the precedent for collaboration among the county’s four cities, but through the years the faces of leadership changed and the need to connect a new generation of community leaders emerged. At a sprawling 447 square miles of mountains and valleys, the county’s terrain is a natural obstacle in connecting civic, government and business leaders on a regular basis. So in 2014, more than two decades after the Chamber was formed, the Chamber launched its “One-Walker” program – a roadshow of events connecting local leaders face-to-face and reigniting the spirit of collaboration that community leaders demonstrated more than two decades earlier. The rotating public events featured speakers and dignitaries from each area who gave highlights and shared challenges from their respective communities. Additional networking events were held specifically for the elected officials, giving them prime opportunities to discuss best practices with their counterparts. What resulted was shared resources, increased attendance, and better collaboration among our community partners.


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Feature in the 2015 Edition of Chambers of Inspiration