Re "Adrift: Sac Metro Chamber Chamber wanes as regional force" (Editorials, Dec. 1): Our three nonprofits, Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA), NextEd and the Northern California World Trade Center, have independent boards of directors and are also affiliate organizations of the Metro Chamber. We work closely with the chamber to advance shared economic development priorities in the areas of emerging technology, education and workforce and international trade, respectively. Collaboration requires coordination across business plans, budgets and individual personalities. That said, the Metro Chamber has worked effectively and consistently to advance our shared objectives, especially as it relates to the Next Economy, the Capital Region's shared economic development strategy. On behalf of all three nonprofits, I can say we look forward to 2014 as our organizations, in partnership with the Metro Chamber, SACTO, Valley Vision and others, work together and individually to promote economic prosperity in the Capital Region.
-- David Butler, Sacramento, chief executive officer, NextEd