CAMP VERDE - The Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce has seen some dramatic changes over the last year.
Not only has the Town of Camp Verde terminated its economic and tourism development contract with the organization, but it has also turned the chamber operated visitor center over to the Verde Valley Archaeological Center for their new home.
The changes are all part of the Town Council's decision to assume responsibility for its own economic development as well as its decision to focus more on creating tourism venues than promoting an empty Main Street.
Those changes translated last week into changes of leadership at the Chamber of Commerce. Last Thursday, the chamber board elected Main Street businessman and the owner of the Horn Saloon, Steve Goetting, as its new chairman and Main Street chiropractor Kyle French to serve as vice chairman.
Other officers elected were Jessica Shield, a sales representative for Verde Valley newspapers, as secretary, and local businessman Dave Freeman as treasurer.
"Our focus will be on the core responsibilities of a chamber of commerce, promoting, supporting, educating and enhancing our local business community," Goetting said this week.
According to Goetting, the chamber will spend much of its energy on business development.
"We have identified the economic sectors of Camp Verde as agriculture, tourism, retail, light industry and automotive, and construction and real estate.
"We will be creating advisory committees for each of those sectors to generate a dialogue and wider audience. From there we plan to begin offering practical educational programs," he said.
Among the programs Goetting said he would like to see are business planning, employee management and business growth.
"I'd also like to see us become more involved in lobbying the Town in regards to things like signage, planning and zoning. It's important we keep the lines of communication open," Goetting said.