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Columbia/Adair Chamber: A great 2015; big goals for 2016

Chamber's usual successes, Treats on the Town, Shop Local, and Christmas in Columbia were monumental blockbusters this year - with clever new ideas overwhelmingly embraced by the public. Columbia was designated a Trail Town in 2015. This coming year, there are big goals: Fulfilling the potential of being a Trailtown, USA, and growing tourism dollars. And, with a united community, making Economic Progress by becoming an official Work Ready Community
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By Ellen Zornes

As we turn the page on yet another year, our Chamber of Commerce eagerly awaits 2016 and all the wonderful new things it holds in store for our community. The Chamber has a rich history of serving and being part of Columbia and Adair County...from sponsoring community events like Treats on the Town, Shop Local and Christmas in Columbia to co-sponsoring Squarecrows and Christmas Card Village to Chamber member events like the Chamber Picnic and Chamber Awards Banquet...and of course the Chamber Roadside Park.

Chamber membership filled with those who care about this community

Our Chamber is filled with many businesses, organizations and individuals who care about this community and strive to keep it the warm, friendly town that it is.

Emphasis on local in 2016

In 2016 we plan to continue our emphasis on Shopping Local and the many benefits it brings to our community. The Chamber building itself will be getting a much needed face lift with a refurbished basement floor and fresh paint on both levels. We are glad to be able to offer a nice, affordable community meeting facility and this should make it even nicer.

More tourist dollars, becoming Work Ready top priorities

We all realize the importance of tourist dollars and now with our new Trail Town certification we hope to work hand in hand with our tourism board to bring all our community assets to the forefront to increase tourism for our community. We'll be working with our City and County officials as well as the Lake Cumberland Area Development District to find and pursue grant opportunities that will enhance our community and we will continue our efforts toward becoming a certified Work Ready Community.

Membership drive starts January 2016

This January, as every January, begins a new membership year for the Chamber. We'll be sending membership information to our existing members, who we hope will continue their membership, and to potential new members who we hope will join the Chamber family.

Let's work together as we embrace 2016!

I look forward to working with our director, Sue Stivers; our secretary, Kathy Johnson and our 2016 Board of Directors to keep our Chamber of Commerce moving forward as we embrace 2016!

We'd love to hear from you, so please offer us any suggestions or ideas either as you see us, attend Chamber meetings or events or call the Chamber office at 270-384-6020.

So from the Chamber of Commerce, we wish you the happiest of New Years!

Ellen Zornes, is President of the Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce

This story was posted on 2016-01-01 02:23:15
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