The Troy Chamber of Commerce met on Thursday, March 2, at noon at the Allen F. Pierce Library.
Those present included: Kim Bailey, Judy Beardslee, Tara Freeman, Barb Barrett, RP Baker, Elizabeth Card, Janilyn Elias, Scot Sample, Trisha Wilkinson, Scott Snow, Bonnie Seeley and Rachel Heitzenrater. Online was Tami Bethune.
The group heard from Bethune on the option to update the chamber’s current website. Bethune reviewed some features of the website and noted some possibilities of what the chamber could utilize it for, such as a blog feature, “member since” feature, highlighting Hometown Heroes and highlighting a chamber member with a regular rotation.
Baker asked if the directory will take viewers to a direct link to a chamber member, to which Bethune replied yes.
Barrett asked if her services extended to chamber members, and Bethune replied yes. Bethune reviewed costs with the members, noting that the design work will be $400, and a yearly fee for updates and training will cost $300. She also noted that she will be in the area in May to do in-person training, as a couple members will have to help keep the website up and running. The idea of involving a Troy High School student to help with this initiative was also discussed.
Wilkinson motioned to accept moving forward with BTG Solutions updating the website. Snow seconded.
The chamber voted in favor to move forward with Bethune and BTG Solutions updating the chamber’s website.
Meeting minutes for February were motioned for approval by Barrett and seconded by Wilkinson. Treasurer’s notes were also approved. Card noted 30 current members.
Seeley spoke about the upcoming Car Show season at First Citizens Bank, to begin in May and run until September. Sign-ups are available now for each Tuesday evening. A list of dates will be distributed to chamber members.
The chamber received a donation request from Maple Festival organizers. Typically, the chamber provides $100 for this festival as a donation. Sample motioned to donate $300 this year, with Snow seconding. The motion carried and the chamber will donate $300 towards the Maple Festival this year at Alparon Park.
Next, Freeman spoke on behalf of the Troy Area School District, noting the Transition Discoveries grant and the school’s involvement with the program. Currently, they are taking surveys from local business owners, with the goal of figuring out what local business owners would like to see a student have (knowledge wise) before they graduate from TASD. Information will be accepted from business owners until June and there will also be a prize drawing incentive for completion. More information will be distributed to chamber members. The first year of this two-year process is data collection, with the second year being an execution of involving students with the local community.
The Bradford County Heritage Museum noted its 200 year celebration this year. Farm Days will also be in May.
Snow reported for Repsol and on behalf of the gas industry, noting they have two current rigs in Blossburg and plan to come back to Bradford County soon.
The Troy of Commerce will meet again on Wednesday, April 6, at noon at Northern Tier Solid Waste.
Chamber members are to be on the look out for email updates on future meetings/locations, the TASD survey, car show dates and an example on the new website.