Chamber provides valuable service to members, community

Published 6:00 am Monday, November 24, 2003

The chamber of commerce is about more than just the ChristmasParade.

That was evident Thursday as chamber and Industrial DevelopmentFoundation leaders highlighted a long list of achievements in 2003.A la David Letterman, the presentation featured the chamber’s Top10 Accomplishments for the Year:

10. Twenty-five ribbon cuttings.

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9. Three hundred people improved their business skills at theWorkforce Development Lab.

8. Reached 1,200 members with membership events.

7. Reached 15,000 people with community events.

6. Saved existing industry $1.2 million

5. Secured $500,000 for existing industry expansion.

4. Implemented plan for new Industrial Park.

3. Created 200 new manufacturing jobs.

2. Created 100 new service sector jobs.

1. Assisted in $98 million in new business investment.

Membership in the chamber of commerce and IDF helps makes allthese positive steps possible. And chamber leaders are working tohard to provide a good return on members’ dollars.

Here’s hoping 2004 is as successful as 2003.