Wed, July 17

Rob Harrison to chair Cottonwood Chamber

Cottonwood Chamber Chairman Rob Harrison

Cottonwood Chamber Chairman Rob Harrison

COTTONWOOD -- Circle Friday for the annual celebration. The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce will pack members into the Quality Inn meeting room at 301 W. Highway 89A for its annual banquet and installation of officers.

With the Super Bowl on tap Sunday, the Chamber gathering is sure to have a football theme and fun. A tailgating Social Hour is on tap at 5 p.m. Expect music and both live and silent auctions. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. with awards presented at 7 p.m.

The evening will offer a big thanks to the outgoing Board for their many hours of volunteer service to support businesses and enhance the community. And it's a big welcome for the 2015 Board of Driectors.

New Chairman Rob Harrison of the Suzy Q Market is ready to kick off the new year in style.

Harrison has three years of experience on the Board. He says the Chamber will continue to work to attract visitors to Cottonwood and to help member businesses grow and work to educate members about the services available.

A big goal of the Chamber in 2015 is to increase membership by another 25 percent, he said.

An ongoing goal is the discovery process to find more space for chamber activities. While the Chamber offices have a lot of visibility thanks to their prime placement by the founding board years ago, the offices now harbor a double edged problem: adequate space and access.

Harrison said the Chamber needs more space, but it is hard to find a location more visible than at the intersection of SR 89A and SR260.

"The draw back to that location is access. It is easy to get into the chamber office when leaving town, but difficult when you are driving in from the Interstate, like most visitors do. They have already passed a couple of entrances when they see the Chamber office and can't figure how to get back to it."

It is not just the Chamber offices but also a state visitor information center, so people need to stop there for information on where to go and what to see while in town or for the entire Verde Valley.

Access and size of the building are equally troublesome but those two things are hard to come by unless you go out of town somewhere.

"We are just looking and talking with ADOT looking for a happy medium," said Harrison.