A Word From the President

larryIt’s been quite a summer for the Chamber!   The move from 2nd Avenue to the Pioneer Pavilion is complete, planning for the Street Festival is in full swing, and we have officially hit the second half of the year!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank not only the Staff and the Board for their hard work in making the transition to the new offices, but also to thank the City for their cooperation in making this all happen.  There were countless hours put into this process, starting several years ago.  Seeing the new offices and Visitors Center open for business is not only satisfying, but something that will help the Chamber and our local  businesses  by having a more functional visitors center.  There will be an “open house” coming up in the early part of August, so look for announcements and please come join us to celebrate the move.

Moving onto the remaining half of the year, Ferndale is going to be a busy place! Old Settlers Weekend starts us off followed by our second “Flicks in the Park” coming up on August 7th, playing one of my personal favorite movies “Up”.  If you have not been to one of these movies, it’s a great way to spend some quality time relaxing and enjoying a feature film under the stars.  The Street Festival is on track to be one of the biggest ones we have ever had.   Vendors are filling in the remaining spots (check with Kelsey if you have not reserved yours yet) and the lineup of entertainment looks fantastic this year.

This year has shown the strength of the Chamber.  Working through a major move while continuing to provide the services without interruption.    The Chamber strives to meet the needs of its membership, and this last 6 months has been a testament to that commitment!    Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to see you at one of the many events coming up in our great City!

–Larry Hoffman