With the support of 11 newly seated board members, the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to re-establish itself in the community.
Members will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Sandoval Buick GMC, 300 N. Hamilton Road, for a two-hour social gathering meant to reintroduce the chamber to the community, increase exposure and build membership, said Joe Ryan, economic development specialist for Whitehall.
The roll-out was more than a year in the making. It began when Ryan was appointed in July 2015 as the city’s first economic development specialist to assist Development Director Zach Woodruff.
“Part of the reason (I was hired) was to promote existing businesses in our city and for business retention, and I took the lead recruiting business owners (for a board of directors),” Ryan said.