Selecting the Board of Directors

Selecting the Board of Directors

The board should be a decisive, action-oriented group, small enough to easily establish a quorum but large enough to include broad community representation. Ideally, the board should have between 7 and 9 members for smaller communities (population under 5,000) or between 9 and 11 for larger communities. The following is a list of ideas for where to find potential board candidates:

  •     Downtown retailers
  •     Professionals
  •     Downtown property owners
  •     Service sector
  •     Financial institutions
  •     Chamber board (not staff)
  •     Heads of neighborhood organizations
  •     Identified community leaders
  •     Local civic organizations
  •     Preservation or historical society
  •     School district
  •     Interested community members
  •     City or county government (works best in ex-officio capacity)

Keep in mind that not every group on this list needs to be represented on the board, and that board members can come from other areas as well. Also, please note that an ideal board of directors is not dominated by a majority from any single category. It also important that the board of directors represent the entire community—strive for gender balance and try to include the various ethnic and socio-economic groups that may make up your community.

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