By the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
A year of successful events in 2018 and a peek into 2019 revealed upward movement in the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce at its Dec. 11 monthly meeting!
Chamber Executive Director Alex Ward emphasized at the “Hot Topics Business Breakfast” at the Alpine Community Center that the organization is moving ahead quickly to help local communities continue to thrive.
“If you’re interested in getting involved, do not wait,” he told members and guests at the center at 1830 Alpine Blvd.
Ward, hired in early October, noted that the Chamber made progress this year while working with significant leadership changes.
“It sounds like the Chamber is really moving forward with the new director,” said Chamber member Lauren King, Certified Health Coach with Optavia.
The West Fire Benefit for survivors, two successful Career Days for the Alpine and Mountain Empire school districts, a Queen Bee Brunch and other activities in addition to monthly breakfast meetings and mixers were among the 2018 highlights.
“Just this last week we held the 23rd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival,” Ward said. “The feedback has been pretty astounding so far.”
About 2,500 people came to the major Dec. 7 evening , he said. More than 140 parade entries were registered and more than 40 Snow Festival vendors registered. .
Earlier in the month the Community Christmas Tree Lighting returned.
Next year Ward said, the Chamber will start putting out a quarterly magazine guide with interesting reading, a resident guide of local businesses and a comprehensive guide to Alpine and what’s available.
The planting to make Alpine Boulevard greener will move forward with the Chamber as a partner; casual, often unique after work mixers will continue and quarterly “workshop Wednesdays” will help businesses, the Chamber executive director said.
“Something I’m truly excited to bring back is the ALPS (Alpine Leadership and Public Service) Awards,” said Ward. “We can use all the help we can get. Something new we’ll be bringing is a business expo in summer.”
He said a spring festival that will be broader than the recent Honey Festival “is in the works.”
The annual Alpine Honorary Mayor’s campaign to raise money for community projects and good causes will start in January.
Chamber Board President Chris Wiley of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc., pointed out that the Chamber is a member of many organizations as it works for communities.
“We want to do more with the schools,” Wiley said. “We also want to stimulate local business . . . I’m real excited about the direction of the Chamber. We have a great leader now.”