Changes are abundant in our community, both good and bad.  While this new appointment as your Executive Director is at times a daunting one, I am going to do my best to listen to the results and suggestions of our Member Survey and begin the process of strengthening our Chamber.

This process will take time and will be in partnership with our Director of Tourism, Trish Steckenrider so that we can begin a full strategy that accounts for all facets of our organization, Tourism, and members.  Our first step is to educate our members on the differences between a Chamber of Commerce, a Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and a Main Street Organization.  Trish and I will be working together to help everyone understand these concepts moving forward into a successful 2018.

I welcome each of you to reach out to me with any suggestions or ideas you have for the organization.  Please remember, a complaint is easy.  A solution takes more time.  If you do have a complaint or issue, I welcome the opportunity to hear your suggested solutions.

One of the most exciting developments is the first SEMINAR in 2018 – Social Media 101.  I have been asked by quite a few of our members to help them navigate this space for their business.  Mark your calendars for this two-day event on January 16th and 17th, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am.  Central Hall will be our location and I will be walking everyone through this seminar.  Please RSVP no later than January 10th to secure your spot.  $10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members, so feel free to use this opportunity to bring in NEW members to the fold.

I implore each of you to get involved with your Committees as we move into 2018.  This is a voluntary, membership-driven organization and without each of you, your participation and solutions, we will not see change.  If you would like to sign up for a committee, or unsure of which one you did sign up for, please visit our Committee section (under Membership) of the website for full information.

Here’s to a successful year for everyone!

-Amanda King

Executive Director