BLOOMINGTON - The next president and chief executive officer of The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce says he will be taking the helm of one of the preeminent organizations of its kind in the country. Phil D'Amico, who currently serves in the same roles with the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce in Richmond, says one area of focus that will be key in his next position is fostering entrepreneurship growth, including tapping into resources like commercialization opportunities at Indiana University.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, D'Amico talked about four "pillars" that will shape his vision for Greater Bloomington. "I think chambers all across the country have tried to really figure out how to create relevancy with its membership," she said. "Workforce development in education is very high on chambers' priorities these days, certainly public policy, quality of life, and then economic development initiatives. Not so much copying what the EDC (economic development corporation) does, but things similar to help work with and collaborate with EDCs."

D'Amico will succeed Director of Advocacy and Public Policy Anne Bono, who also served as interim president and CEO since Jeb Conrad resigned in July. Bono will continue serving as director of advocacy and public policy. Chamber Board Chair Tony Stonger, who served on the CEO search committee, said "we are excited to welcome Phil to the Bloomington community, and to lead The Chamber. With his background in Chamber leadership, business and communication, we believe he will provide a new vision for The Chamber moving forward. We are confident that he can build on the continued success of The Chamber while enhancing our business community."

D'Amico will begin with the Great Bloomington Chamber February 1.