Amherst willing to work with chamber

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AMHERST – Amherst is interested in allowing the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce to look after some of its business development and tourism matters.

Town officials met with members of the chamber’s board of directors to discuss having that organization work with council on several matters.

Community and economic development director Roger MacIsaac said there are a number of things to be determined including what services the chamber would offer and what it would cost.

Mayor Robert Small questioned whether the chamber would be interested in offering these services over the long term since its leadership often changes from year to year.

“Every year the chamber changes its leadership and by the time this rolls around, after next year’s budget, will they still be interested,” the mayor said.

MacIsaac said the chamber is committed to the initiative, saying it’s part of the organization’s plan to become completely self-sustainable.

CAO Greg Herrett asked MacIsaac to bring a status report back to council in December it can decide whether to continue forward.

MacIsaac also told council the chamber wants to work with the new Amherst 125 Committee to hold a New Year’s Eve party to help kick off 125th birthday celebrations for the town.

Council opted to defer this matter to the committee. Headed by Mayor Small, the committee is expected to hold its first meeting in the next week or so.

Organizations: Area Chamber of Commerce

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