Aug 3, 2012
07:23 AMThe Daily Scoop
City Council to give Chamber $30,000
The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce hopes to raise an additional $200,000 to pay the debt service on it's 204 Kanuga Road building by 2015.
WHAT HAPPENED? Thursday night Hendersonville City Council unanimously approved the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce's $30,000 request for $10,000 each year for the next three fiscal years.
WHY DO YOU CARE? We're still in a recession and times are tough for everyone. The Chamber is seeking an additional $200,000 to pay for its building on Kanuga Road and asked the city for some money to continue their business networking efforts in the region.
HOW DID IT GO DOWN? Chamber board chair-elect Chuck Edwards made the plea to council members, stating that the organizations relocation to Kanuga Road three years ago happened at the same time the county and the country was entering the economic recession.
The $700,000 capital campaign for a new building has weathered the tough financial times, but now the organization hopes to raise an additional $200,000 by October in hopes of absorbing all debt costs associated with the new building by 2015.
"It's obvious you recognize the vibrant role a chamber plays in the community," Edwards said. "A healthy chamber is often the face of the community. We feel the move to his new location has been of benefit to the community."
Councilman Ron Stephens agreed.
"They are an asset to the community, there is no question of that," he said.
Without any further discussion, the council pledged $10,000 in support of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce this fiscal year, with plans to add another $10,000 each of the next two years as part of the annual budget.
"We appreciate that very much, and thank you for your support," Edwards said.
Correspondent Jonathan Rich may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.