Chamber elects new board officers

(Posted Nov. 12, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce elected new executive board officers on Nov. 4. Each term is for one year.

The officers are: Kathy Henry from Stanley Electric, president; Kim Wilson from Tolles Career and Technical Center, vice president; Joan Denes of Denes Tree Farm, vice president; Pat Closser of London City Council and Casey’s Carry Out, vice president; and Tim Suter of First Energy, secretary-treasurer.

The officers are part of a 20-member board voted on by the Chamber’s overall membership.

Pursuing new business

On Nov. 11, David Kell, executive director of the Community Improvement Corp. (CIC), the Chamber’s economic development arm, updated the Madison County commissioners on a new business prospect.

Kell said a foreign-owned manufacturing company is looking for a site and has asked for information about London. The business would create 182 jobs.

The business name is not being released at this time. Kell said it is too early to tell what chance London has of being selected.

Praise for progress

Madison County Commissioner Paul Gross noted that Madison County’s unemployment rate is down 35 percent from the start of the year. At approximately 4.4 percent, it is among the lowest in the country, he said.

“It’s not accidents that make that happen,” he added, praising local efforts to bring economic development and jobs to the area.

Among those he credited for making the progress a reality are the Chamber, Community Improvement Corp., and city and village officials in London, West Jefferson and Mount Sterling.

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