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Chamber Insights for January 2009-Complete issue
Welcome to Chamber Insights -January 2009
The monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
Editor and feature writer:Sue Stivers
Presidents Message: Donna Stotts
Feature Writers: Dan Koger, Ramie Hutchison
The Purpose of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce is to promote and enhance the Business, Cultural, Educational and Civic Well Being of Columbia and Adair County.
As we move forward in 2009, our mission at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce will continue to be the same as in the past; making our community a better place to live, work and play.
We will continue to bring you informative speakers about issues that face both you and our community. The doors of the Chamber are always open to support both old and new business and assist new residents.
In 2008 we sponsored 2 new events, the Ronald McDonald Wish List Event and the Halloween Treats on the Town. Due to overwhelming response we are excited to sponsor these events again in 2009. We are also exploring other events for the upcoming year.
We appreciate all Chamber members for their membership and sponsorship for these events. We especially appreciate all of the volunteers who share our goal in making, Columbia, KY, A Great Place To Call Home.
Corporate Sponsor of the Month
A special Thank You to First & Farmers National Bank for being the Corporate Sponsor of the month. The Chamber truly appreciates this outstanding business for their Chamber participation and for being our corporate Sponsor of the Month. The following remarks were given by Ann Martin, President/CEO:
First & Farmers National Bank is nearing its First Anniversary! In 1903, Adair County was introduced to First National Bank of Columbia. One hundred and five years later, First National Bank of Columbia consolidated banking operations with First & Farmers Bank located in Somerset and Albany as well as Bank of Cumberland in Burkesville, Kentucky. Now, the organization employs more than 130 people in the four-county region and has grown to a bank with over $430,000,000 in assets. One major goal of the merger was to retain the steady financial foundation that First National Bank provided to their community for 105 years. Another goal achieved with the merger is the added convenience of expanded banking centers and a total of 14 ATMs in Adair, Clinton, Cumberland and Pulaski Counties. Customers may now bank at any of the eleven First & Farmers National Bank locations!Its Time to Renew 2009 Membership Dues
Membership dues should be paid by January 30th. The Chamber needs you and you need the Chamber. Dues may be paid by mailing your check to P.O. Box 116. Or stop by the Chamber office at 201 Burkesville Street.
New Member Hi-Lights:
The Chamber is extremely happy to have 2 new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. They are:
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January June 2009
What if there was no ChamberWhat would happen next?
Golf Course Deal Saves A Valuable Tool for Area Economic Development
By Dan Koger, Associate Professor of Communication, Lindsey Wilson College
When youre playing golf, its important to pick the right clubs to move the ball down the fairway and into the hole. The game gets harder if youre missing one or more of these tools.
The same can be said for rural economic development in places such as Columbia and Adair County. In tight economic times, competition to bring businesses and jobs to the area is keener than ever. Leaders need all the tools they can get, including good roads, good schools, attractive housing, a local college such as Lindsey Wilson College, and, if possible, an attractive, well-run golf course.
Together, such things can give your community a powerful edge in the race to attract top companies and the jobs and tax base they bring with them.
Failure to have one or more of these plusses in your bag and your area could go to the back of the bidding line. Worse yet would be to have had one of these resources, and then lost it, for whatever reason.
That basic tenet of rural economic development is part of the context of the recent struggle to keep Pinewood Golf Course off the auction block. Losing the existing club could potentially have been worse than never having had it at all.
By recently amassing the funds to preserve the golf course, local leaders are demonstrating to corporate decision makers across the country that, when the need is there and clearly defined, residents of Columbia and Adair County can unite to preserve something valuable
Such an effort comes right out of the rural economic development scorecard, as articulated by such gurus as Al Cross, long-time state political reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal and Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.
Cross advises rural community economic leaders to do at least three things well unite with other areas for combined growth, encourage local entrepreneurs and build on your existing assets.
Pinewood Golf Course is definitely an existing resource, one of significant value says Sue Stivers, Executive Director of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development.
Stivers sees expanding tourism and attraction of retirees as valuable sources of future economic development. A local golf course can only help in both these areas.
On the Al Cross scorecard, building on your existing assets includes finding your economic niche by developing a unique source of competitive advantage.
He cites one example from Southern Kentucky. In the Lake Cumberland area, lots of young people who learned to weld, wire and plumb at local vocational schools have helped create a center of the houseboat industry.
In other words, Cross says, rural areas such as Adair County have scenic assets that can attract job-creating businesses. As communities recruit new employers, they need to protect such assets and be careful about the environment.
In periods of economic downturn, such as were experiencing now, such wisdom and foresight can be more important than ever. It can also provide some control over your economic destiny, even in tough times.
In Cross words communities hungry for jobs may think they cant afford to be selective, in terms of what kind of employers they recruit, how they entice them, and how those employers treat their workers. But all those issues are legitimate items for public debate.
The more economic clubs in your bag, the more economic leaders can bring to the negotiating table.
How To Stop Bad Luck: The Truth About Email Forwards
By Ramie Hutchinson, Duo-County Telecom
If you dont send this to 10 people in the next 5 minutes, you will have bad luck for the next 15 years. How many times have these emails appeared in your inbox, sent by a friend who was reluctant to dump the message in the trash for fear of bad luck? What most people dont realize, is that they, along with the 10 people they send this message to, may be the ones having the bad luck.
According to Snopes.com, a site built for verifying or disproving rumors, anytime you send and email requiring you to forward the message to 10 of your friends or sign a petition, you are most likely allowing an email tracker program to track the cookies and emails of those folks you forward the message to. This will allow spammers to send you SPAM emails or sell your address to other spammers.
Snopes.com also clarifies that although online petitions for causes are a great thought, they most likely will have no effect on or ever reach the recipient it needs. Even though the petition may gather thousands of online participants and appear harmless on the outside, you may very well be opening yourself to spammers across the globe.
Also, as Snopes.com points out, for a petition to even remotely be acceptable, they must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition. So although online petitions may show an added interest in an issue, until there is a physical copy of signatures and addresses, nothing can legally be done.
There are many websites to avoid in order to keep your computer away from danger, but we also need to beware of the danger that can enter via email.
Some emails to be cautious of:
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