On February 20 we held our 105th Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting! Our Keynote speaker, Ben Hobbs did an amazing job informing us of opportunity zones in downtown Alliance. He has been a great resource in bringing the chamber and local government together to discuss ways to revitalize the downtown area.

Congratulations to Barb Armitage for receiving the Athena Woman of the Year Award and to Alliance High School senior, Katie Goodwin, for receiving the Athena Scholarship!

Thanks to Jeff First, Gloria Magrath, and Dan Skivolocke for the many years they dedicated to the Chamber Board of Directors.  All three have retired from the board. Congratulations to Brian Amos on becoming 1st Vice Chairman, congratulations to Adam Christian on becoming 2nd Vice Chairman, and thanks to our Treasurer, Greg Blasiman for all you do for the Chamber. Also, thanks to Dustin Burgess, Rick Baxter, and Mark Locke for their commitment to the Executive Committee. And, of course, thank you to the entire Board of Directors for volunteering your time for the betterment of the community.

It was an honor to accept the gavel from outgoing chairman, Rick Baxter. Rick is an inspiration to all of us and the entire community. Thanks, Rick, for your commitment to the Alliance area and for your continued leadership as President of the Alliance Area Development.

I hope you continue taking advantage of the many opportunities the Chamber has to offer. Please, feel free to email me at lisa@oaksfoundation.com if there is ever anything I can do for you.

We will be witnessing some amazing things happening in our city this year! Please be engaged and involved.  Your businesses are important to the value of our community. I hope to see you at the March Business After Hours event.

Warm regards

Lisa Gentile

Chairperson – Board of Directors

Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce