By: Homer Hirt Amid the praises heaped on Representative Marti Coley and the presentations of awards to deserving citizens at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting and Banquet on February 8, the new Chairman stated, in his own words, "the most important ingredients for growth and success in 2013".
At the end of a year of acknowledged difficulties, changes and often conflict between Chamber officers, members and onlookers, John Alter gave, in a brief three minutes, the marching orders for the next year and, hopefully, orders that will carry on into 2014.
Alter led off with "your Chamber is all about creating and sustaining a positive and profitable business climate. As long as commerce has existed, sellers and citizens have banded together to support trade. The basic role of a Chamber is to create and promote that climate where a business can operate in a profitable manner".
Then the Chairman gave the plans: To deliver member services, to accent business advocacy and to apply political action where needed. Continuing, he stated that the organization wants to focus on improving how the members benefit from their investment of time and money in the Chamber, to actively nourish a local pro-business attitude among members, communities, and government.
Chairman Alter praised the Board of Directors for giving time and talent to the goals, for building a base for moving into the future and for continuing as the "voice of business in Jackson County".