Kicking Off Another Year of #FoundationNation


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation highlights its work outside the Beltway in 2016, and looks ahead to 2017.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation may be based inside the Capital Beltway, but its work spanned the country in 2016.

Last year, the staff of the Chamber Foundation set foot in 47 states, bringing a national reach to its many programs.

The Foundation’s initiatives included a wide array of efforts focused on educating the public on how businesses can help solve problems relating to education, employment, disaster relief, environmental protection, and community health.

The Foundation has also worked to highlight the efforts of cities and states to build economies for the 21st century, and has touched on issues ranging from criminal justice reform to the refugee crisis.

Our most expansive work outside the Beltway in 2016 included:

  • Partnering with states and cities as part of Corporate Citizenship Center’s Health Means Business campaign. This effort included visits to Indianapolis, Cleveland, Phoenix, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago to connect businesses with their role in community wellness.
  • Visits to Texas, Colorado, and Tennessee to debut the Launch My Career web tool. This is the latest effort by the Center for Education and Workforce to provide students with information on the return on investment from post-secondary degrees and certificates.
  • Continued efforts by Hiring Our Heroes to connect transitioning service members and military spouses with career opportunities, through hiring fairs and other events around the country.
  • Trips to a Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and several other locales to highlight cities’ efforts to transition into a digital economy. These trips were part of the Innovation That Matters report produced in conjunction with 1776.

The Foundation encourages you to check out social media highlights from the Foundation’s work around the country in the Storify below. 

2016 was a busy and fruitful year, and we look forward to showcasing our work in 2017!