By Alton Mitchell
The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has been busy over the past quarter. On Monday evening Executive Director Ashley Crane made the trip to LaFayette and updated the local city council on the great things that have occurred over the past three months within the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Crane brought great news about the Chamber which included the addition of seven new chamber members over the past three months. While looking forward to the future and growth of the chamber Executive Director Crane also looked to events of the past for future opportunities within the GVACC.
In 1997 a program was started in the Chamber called the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. It was a fully recognized charitable organization under the Chamber of Commerce that ran for about three years then slowly fizzled away, according to Crane. Crane is presently working to revamp that charity. Right now she is in the process of seeing which state and federal requirements must be met to get it going again.
While planning for the future the GVACC has gone high tech in the last quarter. The Chamber has established and published its very own mobile application that is available on both android and iOs operating systems. Director Crane hopes this will assist residents of Chambers County in being able to communicate GVACC events and happenings more effectively. The application is designed for easy functionality and ease of access by user.
The Chamber is also in the process of partnering with Circle of Care to establish a business resource center partnership. The goal of that partnership will be to assist residents in Chambers County who wish to start their own business. The partnership will give entrepreneur’s resources to the Alabama Entrepreneur Resource Network.
The GVACC is also hosting a series of events over the next several months one of which Crane took special interest in highlighting is a first responders breakfast on May 5th at the Valley Community Center. Crane extended an invitation to LaFayette first responders at the council meeting for their attendance.