WILLIAMSON – The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) held a regular meeting Monday Nov. 9 to discuss membership incentives, brainstorm committee names, and provide general updates.
The TVCC is considering offering a Member to Member Discount Program to participating members in 2016. In this program, participating members would use a card to receive a discount at other Chamber of Commerce businesses.
Natalie Taylor, Executive Director at TVCC explained the program saying, “All membership discounts will be listed on the website. I thought it would be a little something different that we could do.”
Lee Ann Ray,President of the Chamber of Commerce continued the discussion saying, “We are looking for ways to encourage people to join the chamber and give them incentives to be chamber members.”
TVCC is also exploring other options for providing membership incentives. One option discussed was the possibility of having area businesses sponsor ‘Lunch with the Chamber.’ The lunches would provide the chamber with networking opportunities in addition to the monthly meetings.
Tim Hatfield, Community CEO at Tug Valley ARH, discussed the benefits of hosting lunches saying, “It is a great way to market and advertise.”
The TVCC also brainstormed committee names. “We would really like to get our committee’s back together,” Ray said. “What committee’s do you think we should be concentrating on?” Ray asked.
“In the past, we have had Transportation, Tourism, Banquet and Government committees,” Ray continued.
Hatfield mentioned combining the Transportation and Tourism Committee. “Both are very important. I think you could merge them into one,” Hatfield said.
Bob Preece, President of the Abandoned and Dilapidated Committee, “With the coal way down, tourism is the major thing on our agenda. If we can get rid of some of these old houses that are an eye sore along our highways, it would be helpful for tourism.”
Hatfield continued the conversation adding that pollution is another issue that has an impact on tourism in the Tug Valley area. “When I go out of town and come back in, I always try to focus on it as if I am first going into town and I continue to see a lot of trash beside the road. To me, that would be a deterrent if I am trying to bring a business to town,” Hatfield said.
Following that discussion, Ray suggested the possibility of creating a Public Issues Committee, to identify problems such as pollution and develop solutions.
General updates concerning ongoing activities were also addressed at the meeting. Taylor discussed the TVCC Christmas Ornament that features the Dingess Tunnel. The ornaments arrived last week. “We already sold one whole box. That is half of them,” Taylor said. The TVCC ordered 100 ornaments. The ornaments sell for $10 each. For more information on the ornaments call 304-235-5240.
An update on the progress of a Tug Valley brochure was also provided. Due to program compatibility issues, the brochure has been delayed. “We hope to have it by the first of next year,” Taylor explained.
The next TVCC meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 14.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)