Patrick McCreless’ recent article in The Anniston Star on the local economy and the recent Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the City Meeting Center was right on target.
I have been a Chamber member for more than 20 years and I have never seen a larger turnout than the one this year. Vendors had to be placed outside in the hallway at the meeting center because of a lack of space inside.
The chamber membership is at an all-time high with over a thousand members. In spite of a bad economy nationwide, I think our county is doing pretty well because of the tremendous efforts of the Chamber of Commerce.
As any elected official like me will tell you, leadership is the key to being successful and the leadership provided by the last three presidents, John Blue, Phil Webb and Julia Segars, has been truly outstanding. Every team has a quarterback, and I believe our chamber has an All-American in Linda Hearn, who makes it happen.
Remember, a time capsule will be buried in front of the Calhoun County Courthouse on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. and all are invited to attend. On behalf of the committee, I want to thank the chamber for helping with this event.