January 26, 2015 – This year’s first meeting of the “Taking Time Out to Further Your Success” series by the Clinton Chamber focused on news about growth in our area.
New Chamber president Darrell Moore introduced the board of directors, including:
Vice-President Matt Stewart
Secretary-Treasurer Carrie Hinds
Executive Director Trish Childers
Nathan Morgan, Lori Blagg, Lacey Standridge, and newest board member Todd Treece.
Special thanks went out to Trish Childers & past president Jason Hayes for all their hard work.
Nathan Morgan reported on the Adrianne Wilbers Small Business Grant, which now has $6,000 in non-collateral funding for local small businesses.
Member spotlight included new Chamber members Tammy Gunn, L’Attitude Bistro; Michelle Cross, The Bookworm; Jennifer Beeson, Timeless Chiropractic; Tammy Aday, A Flower Patch; Logan Treadway, Treadway Chiropractic; Nikki Murdock, Air Evac Lifestream; Tammie Williams, Main Street Florist; Cora Gray, The Styled Child & Gray C. Photography; Christy Bagley, Sunsations Spa; and Robert Smith, June’s Cafe.
Board member Lori Blagg & web developer Jessica Crabtree presented info about using the Clinton Business & Community Hub as a centralized local events calendar.
New mayor Richard McCormac talked about his goals for improving Clinton’s growth through infrastructure, organization, and cooperation. He also talked about working with the municipal league for the benefit of the entire area.
Fairfield Bay mayor Paul Wellenberger talked about the biggest changes and improvements in his city in 2014, including the Conference Center re-opening, seasonal events, and relocating the municipal offices. New plans for infrastructure expansion & downtown improvement are planned for 2015 as well as long-term goals based on community input.
Judge Roger Hooper presented statistics about job & population growth, road & bridge projects accomplished, and the effects of the hospital, gas industry, tourism and other factors on Clinton’s economy.
Fire Chief DL Webb discussed the latest news about the arrival of Corporal CG Bolden on February 21. Webb is mobilizing a campaign to honor the Corporal’s service and his family’s sacrifice. The funeral service will begin at 11am at the Clinton High School Auditorium, with plans for a large cavalcade of supporters, government representatives, and a full military escort from Hwy 65 to downtown where the Corporal’s remains will be interred. Updates are being posted as available through the Chamber, the Clinton Hub, and Facebook.
The Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet is scheduled for March 3 and tickets are available through the office.
Thanks to Tammy Gunn for providing the evening’s refreshments, and to everyone who took the time to come. This series is a valuable opportunity for networking among all the hard-working people who are striving to make Clinton and the surrounding area a better place for all of us.