Guest Column

Chamber vital to community success

by Candace Boothby, Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce

The Newnan-Coweta Chamber is the lead business advocacy organization in Coweta County.

With over 700 member businesses representing more than 15,000 employees of those businesses, the Chamber plays a significant role in our community’s continuing success. To facilitate that responsibility, we have forged strong working relationships with our elected representatives at the local, state and national levels through the years, and we certainly want to continue in the future.

The board of directors of the Chamber, as well as many of our members, is composed of many of Coweta’s most experienced and respected citizens with a collective track record of success in business and community service. They serve without pay and represent a strong resource in assisting Coweta’s future success. We are delighted to be members of the Coweta team.

It is vital that a balanced and respectful dialogue continue between the Chamber and our elected officials. We do not expect that every desire of the Chamber be granted, but we do expect to have the interests of private sector employers heard, given that they are responsible for so much of Coweta’s success. A strong community like ours wants and needs that communication in order to be at its best.

Coweta enjoys the reputation as one of the best-run counties in Georgia. We don’t read about our school board, our sheriff or police, city councils or county commission in the newspaper or on television because of ethical breaches. We want to do our part in helping keep Coweta as “Prosperity’s Front Door” for families to live, work and play. The Chamber appreciates the willingness of our team of elected officials to hear us, work with us, and participate with us in setting a common vision for our community.

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(Candace Boothby is president and CEO of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber)


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