Our Story

Our Mission

The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce (GVACC) was founded on a simple idea: The community needed an organization beyond a networking club to be the eyes, ears and voice of the economic development in the greater Vail area. This idea led to the creation of the current mission statement - “Connecting businesses and community to grow, serve and enrich the greater Vail area.”

Today, GVACC operates under the tagline, “Influencing Vail’s Future.” With each year, we continue to become stronger advocates for the community by having a voice for the political issues that impact our area, supporting local businesses and creating events where the community can get closer to the business leaders who serve them.  

Our Work

1. Champion Business

Provide educational opportunities.

Each month, we host a Business Power Hour. This is an educational experience where businesses of all sizes can gather valuable information to support their professional growth.

Foster a relationship building environment.

Our networking events are designed to help members network with others and form stronger relationships essential to their business growth. From our mixers to our speed networking and breakfast meetings, we provide ample opportunity to form strong business connections.

Facilitate connection points online.

Relationships need nurturing to prosper. That’s why GVACC facilitates a private members only area online where members can mix and mingle between functions, getting help from their trusted fellow professionals.

Promote our members.

We offer a variety of ways to promote our member businesses. From promotional posts on our Facebook page to logo placement on printed and digital materials, we’re constantly on the hunt for new ways to position our members in front of the greater Vail community.

2. Community Enrichment

Town halls.

GVACC believes in creating an environment where the community is informed. We’ve just begun hosting town hall events to provide a format where the community can attend and gather information about important issues affecting the area, such as the Pima County bond elections and more.

Vail Country Fair.

Every year, GVACC hosts an event which brings the greater Vail community face-to-face with the local businesses that serve them. The Vail Country Fair offers the community a free place to go for activities, food trucks and vendors.

Scholarships.

Our annual golf tournament raises money each year to provide scholarships to local seniors in the Vail School District. In total, we’ve awarded over $23,000 in scholarships to students in the greater Vail community since 2013. We also offered a platform for Coyote Creek to award a generous scholarship of $5,000 each year for four years. By partnering with members of the greater Vail community, we're able to support the future workforce by helping fund their college education.

Support for local organizations.

Whether we’re collecting donations for IMPACT of Southern Arizona, sponsoring a section in a race along the Arizona Trail or raising money for the local Angel Tree, GVACC is giving back to the community. We support many local organizations and events throughout the year in a variety of ways.

3. Advocacy

Improve workforce readiness.

We collaborate closely with the Vail School District. When a political issue comes into play that could negatively impact education in our area, we make our voice heard to local and state legislators.

Support political initiatives that have a direct impact on the greater Vail area.

From SB1070 to the Pima County Bonds, GVACC has advocated for specific changes in the government systems and policies that would impact the economic climate in the greater Vail area. This includes supporting initiatives to create more jobs and spark positive development in our area.  

Develop relationships with future business and political leaders.

We recently added a Community Outreach position to our board. This position is designed to streamline the connection between the community’s needs and the business/political climate. It is our goal to be the voice that strengthens these connections and supports a positive development of the greater Vail area.