An active, successful year for Chamber of Commerce

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Lifestyle Editor

Bainbridge Rotary Club members received an update on the status of the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday when President Adrienne Harrison spoke on past achievements, changes in policies and the outlook for 2017. She was introduced by Bo Jones, outgoing chair of the organization.

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A major accomplishment in 2016 was a change in the structure of the dues, making a change from being based on employees, to a tiered structure based on levels of value.

Activities from 2016 were deemed as very successful. River Town Days had 100 barbecue teams competing in the Flames on the Flint and the largest prize ever given for first place was $50,000. There were also 1100 children armbands sold. Harrison said they plan to do it all again in 2017.

Some of the educational programs offered members were: Active Shooter presented by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, Body language messages, and DOL overtime Rule, all of which had large turnouts. The changes to the fair — name and location  were well received by the public.

The Cof C Youth Leadership program for 30 teens is sponsored by First Port City Bank, and the calendar for this term runs from August to February. Topics covered are personal finance, etiquette, public safety, and each student is required to perform  5 hours of community service.

The 2017 business plan recently developed calls for an emphasis to advocacy – defined as educational programs to benefit business; member engagement, particularly how to involve millennials; addressing workforce needs and community development.