Guest opinion: Change leads to forward motion at Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce
By now, most of the community knows there have been changes in staffing at the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber’s Board of Directors would like to let chamber members, county residents and business people know, in light of these changes, how the chamber plans to move forward for the remainder of 2011 and beyond into 2012.
For starters, Laurie Findley, who serves as Granby’s Downtown Enhancement director, has agreed to also serve as the interim executive director of the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce until the board hires a full-time, permanent executive director to start in April 2012. The board has also set out on a course to redefine the structure and duties of the chamber director. We want to thank and welcome Laurie for taking on this job during a period of transition.
Our goal is to cover the chamber office for visits, inquiries and phone calls (all fulfillment) through our paid staff and through some volunteer efforts.
The chamber board has determined that this staffing structure is necessary to reduce expenses for the next six months to resolve outstanding obligations amounting to nearly $20,000. The Board has determined that getting the chamber’s finances in order must be its primary goal.
In these difficult economic times such austerity measures are necessary to assure the continued success and viability of the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce. We hope our members understand our efforts, which came as the result of difficult decisions. As well, chamber members should know that the Board appreciates and values the dedication of our past chamber employees.
In another exciting move (literally) for the chamber, our offices will be relocated as of Jan. 1, 2012, to a new address on Granby’s main street. The offices will be located at 475 E. Agate Ave., the yellow house on the north side of the street located next door to the east of Kopy Kat Office. We are excited about the prominence of this new location on Main Street. Watch for an open-house in January.
The chamber board is currently planning its annual Christmas gala, a Christmas Gift Box program that allows for charitable giving, the popular Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest and analyzing and preparing for future special events in 2012.
We want to thank chamber members for their patience during this period of transition. We also want to thank the Town of Granby for its understanding and support as we work through these changes.
We are committed to making sure Granby remains The Heart of Something Grand.
The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
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Editor’s note: The following letter to the community was submitted to the Sky-Hi News by Winter Park Mayor Nick Kutrumbos.