Outgoing Chairman Randy Gravley highlighted a year that saw increased successes for existing businesses and new companies coming in to create more jobs.
While part of the reason for the bump in the local economy is because of the turn-around from the Great Recession, the Chamber has every right to take its part of the credit for a job well done. As a component of what creates a welcoming atmosphere for business and development in Cherokee County, the Chamber and its leadership are to be commended.
Chamber leadership has played its part in the climate that is business-friendly, and worked closely with the Cherokee County Office of Economic Development to get things moving.
Gravley also praised the elected officials in Cherokee County and its cities for helping to keep the door open wide for businesses during the tough years.
Perhaps the most outstanding news the Chamber and the county have to celebrate is the locating of Inalfa Roof Systems to Cherokee, a move that is bringing 300 jobs. The company, which is located at the Cherokee 75 Corporate Park, is poised to send out its first shipments from the new location this week.
With the investment by the Dutch company into the local economy, other investors and businesses are taking notice, adding up to Cherokee County being an attractive location right now.
Gravley praised smaller companies that have made an investment in Cherokee County this year, including the owners of B Loved and Audio Intersection in downtown Canton for their entrepreneurial spirit and commitment.
“With young people like this investing in our community, the future is bright,” Gravley said.
Incoming Chairman Lewis Cline promised to continue the trend.
Through volunteers and support staff, the Chamber will continue to connect businesses to businesses and businesses to the community, Cline said.
“We are strongest when support each other and we create a united front to ensure all businesses succeed and grow in Cherokee County,” Cline said.
With that type of attitude, Cherokee County is sure to continue to add up successes.