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For 42 years, the Grant County Chamber of Commerce has been an important part of the progress in Grant County. It has grown from a small group of founding businesses to the second largest chamber in the northern region of Kentucky. '
With a membership of over 250, it is second only to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, which is made up of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
From its inception, the Grant County Chamber has focused on projects and changes that would help the business climate in the county. One of its first big ideas, was to get extended area telephone service into Grant County. Remember when it was a toll call to Florence?
Their most successful effort was to help lobby for the establishment of the Grant County Industrial Development Authority in 1994. From that point on, the chamber and IDA have partnered to bring about some of the largest improvements in the county.
Here is a short list of some of the major projects:
• Financing and building of the Crittenden Industrial Park
• Recruitment of Dana Corporation to Dry Ridge
• Location of the Veteran’s Cemetery in Williamstown
• Financing and partnering with Northern Kentucky University to develop the NKU Grant County Center
• Purchasing land for the Grant County Fair Board to move to a new home on Baton Rouge Road and the building of an amphitheatre for use of all Grant County citizens.
• Facilitating the sale of several buildings (Old Wal-Mart, Timberman, The Outlet Mall)
• Recruiting the Ark Encounter to Grant County
• Facilitating the purchase of over 800 acres of land, and helping many other small businesses in location and financing.
'These are just some of the highlights that the Chamber/IDA have accomplished for Grant County.
The chamber also represents Grant County on several important committees such as, Northern Kentucky Transportation; several committees for both school systems, NKU, St. Elizabeth Foundation Hospital Board and the Grant County Foundation for Higher Education, which has raised over $400,000 to support the NKU Center in Williamstown.
I am proud to say that I have been associated with the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. If your business or you are not a member, consider joining. The chamber meets the third Monday of each month with informative programs and an update on what is going on in Grant County. Joining the chamber is not expensive, and you can be a part of an organization that works for its members and all of Grant County. To learn more about becoming a member, call 859-824-3322.