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Chamber Insights: Complete October 2006 Issue

Welcome to Chamber Insights, the monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. Editor: Sue Stivers

Feature writers: Darrell Overstreet, Alan Reed, and Vonnie Kolbenschlag

In this issue: Thought for the month. Welcome back, members. Thank you, Shoreline Communications. Looking ahead. Volunteers needed for Christmas in Columbia. Responses to Public Affairs Survey.
Thought for the Month:

"What volunteers bring is the human touch, the individual, caring approach that no government program, however well-meaning and well-executed, can deliver."

Welcome Back: Your Membership is Appreciated

The Chamber is proud to welcome back Bennett's Carpet of Russell Springs as members of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. For several years they were members of our Chamber, so it's good to have them back. We appreciate your investment in our community.

Thank You Shoreline Communications, Inc.

A special thank you to Schoreline Communications, Inc. representing 92.7 "The Wave" and 99.9 "The Big Dawg" for being the Corporate Sponsor of the month. Owners are Alan & Jane Reed and Mike & Laura Harris. Door prize winners were Emily Sargent from Walker Realty and Pam Smith of the Bank of Columbia.

The Chamber is indeed grateful to Shoreline communications and all other businesses who have served as Corporate Sponsors throughout the past six months. Any business interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor should contact Executive Director Sue Stivers at the Chamber Office (384-6020).

Looking Ahead

Folklore of the Old West & Downtown Days Festival will be held Friday October 13 and Saturday October 14 on the public square in Columbia. The Casey Jones Fiddlin' & Banjo Pickin" contest will be held on Friday night beginning at 6:00 PM. Bring the entire family and enjoy all the events and activities of the Festival. The Chamber of Commerce is happy to help in making the Festival possible. Special thanks to Charles Grimsley for serving as Coordinator for the Festival.

Volunteers needed for Christmas In Columbia

Christmas in Columbia will be held Saturday, December 2. We are looking for volunteers to serve on various committeesfor the parade and other events. If you are willing to share some of your time in helping to make "Christmas In Columbia" the best festival ever, please call the Chamber Office at 384-3002 and speak with Sue Stivers. It takes a lot of people to make this event a success.Your help is needed!!

Responses to Public Affairs Survey

The Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce participated in the Public Affairs Policy Survey that was done by the Kentucky Chamber. The survey will be helpful to the Chamber's policy committees in establishing the 2007 Kentucky Business Agenda. The response to the survey was tremendous and provides a great deal offeedback to help ensure that chambe policy is consistent with the pro-business philosophy of our members. Some key highlights of the survey include:
  • Chamber members overwhelming support enhanced funding for education when coupled with accountability and testing measures throughout Kentucky.

  • Workers'compensation costs remain a concern for many...specifically rising medical costs and pro-plantiff decisions were cited as concerns.

  • Health care costs remain a key concern for business competitiveness. A detailedhealth care/wellness survey will be forthcoming in the near future.

  • Concerns over minimum wage mandates, taxes at the state and local level, and regulatory compliance issues were also cited.

  • Members were able to provide their thoughts on a variety of other issues, including political involvement and environmental compliance.
The feedback from this survey is now in the hands of the many volunteers that commit their time to developing policies designed to help unite business and advance Kentucky.

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