A number of government officials and economic-development leaders provided letters for a time capsule to be opened at the chamber’s 200th anniversary. It will also contain reports and plans that detail the chamber’s efforts.
Douglas said that when the chamber was formed in 1912, it was the start of two great voyages: one was successful (the chamber), and one ended in disaster (the Titanic).
Many of the themes of the chamber’s original focuses remain relevant to this day, he said, such as transportation and the area’s relationship with Canada.
The chamber has continued to grow through a regional focus, including alliances with chambers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and Warren counties. It now has more than 4,200 member businesses.
Douglas said it will be important to make sure to keep up with changes in areas such as transportation so the region doesn’t get left behind.
“The thing about our chamber’s journey is it will never end.”
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