Edmonds Chamber builds community | Chamber Corner

By Carl Zapora, Edmonds resident & Chamber member | May 05, 2016
Carl Zapora, Edmonds resident and Chamber member

Like many folks, I’ve had the opportunity to work and live in different parts of the country. Some communities fit the description of “a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live here,” while others make you wonder on the first visit “how great might it be to live here?”

Without a doubt, Edmonds is the most wonderful community I’ve ever seen. It has so many great attributes, including beautiful scenery, great shopping, a vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene, engaged citizens, great schools, lively arts opportunities and organizations and a top-notch hospital.

Most importantly, it has that hard-to-describe sense of “community.” People and organizations work together here, all wanting to build a better community and protect what makes our “home” special and unique.

One sometimes overlooked asset is our Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has been working since 1907 to support a strong and vibrant community. The Chamber’s mission is: To promote the economic vitality of Edmonds through advocacy, leadership, education and community-building events.

As a private, nonprofit organization, the Chamber works with a small budget and staff (three) and hundreds of volunteers to do our work.

I cannot imagine Edmonds without some of the Chamber’s community programming. Think of what it would be like without our beloved Fourth of July parade (kids and adults) and fabulous fireworks, the Edmonds Classic Car Show, the Halloween celebration, A Taste of Edmonds, annual Tree Lighting Ceremony or the new Clam Chowder Cook Off. All of these are Chamber-produced programs, which bring people into our town and build community connections, as well as pride.

Other work of the Chamber is just as important. With 400 members, the Chamber connects people and businesses to ensure our retail and business climate stay strong and active.

I have never seen a great community without a strong business sector and a vibrant Chamber. Anytime I need a product or service, I always go to a Chamber member first as I know they care about our community.

As the Chamber approaches its 109th year of serving Edmonds, please join me in thanking our staff and amazing volunteers for all their hard work and commitment to what makes a community special.

Stop in the Chamber office at 121 5th Ave. N., in City Hall to say “Hi,” ask questions, provide a comment or suggestion, offer to volunteer or learn more about the Chamber.

You might also want to consider becoming a Chamber member, as a business or individual. It’s a great investment in real “community.”


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