As many of you know I’m heavily involved with the Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce. I’ve been on the board for several years and this year I’m serving as President Elect which means my term as President begins in January 2012.
One of the primary roles of the chamber is to promote economic development in Clinton and the surrounding area. A few years ago the Chamber, Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau, Clinton Economic Development and Clinton Main Street merged to form one organization devoted to the economic growth of our community. The organization’s Mission Statement helps to tell the story: To provide leadership in determining the mutual needs of business, industry and tourism and to promote economic growth in the Greater Clinton area by support of our community through education, historic preservation, visitor information services and community events which reflect our unique historic culture.
The Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce’s structure, when originally formed, was fairly unique but the success realized by the organization has been recognized by other communities across the state and many are trying to duplicate what’s been done in Clinton. Our community recognized several benefits by combining the services I listed above but the real value of our chamber lies in the hundreds of volunteers who do great things for our community each and every day. Other communities may combine services as we did but the volunteerism in Clinton is what makes it work as well as it does and not every community is as fortunate as ours to have so many willing to give their time and energy. We are, after all, Great People By Nature!
In a future blog I’ll share some recent economic development success and share with you how Clinton compares with other communities in our state. You’ll be surprised.