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Monday, September 26, 2016

Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce will meet Tuesday at Kaytee’s Restaurant

Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce
Monthly Meeting Notice

The September, 2016 meeting of the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Kaytee’s Restaurant

1. GUEST SPEAKER: Barbara Busch from the Office of Aging and the programs they offer, particularly the Apprise Program

a. Membership
b. Arboretum
c. Public Relations
d. Welcoming Committee
e. RT6 Project/Downtown Development
f. PCVA/Artisan Center/Chamber partnership
Upcoming Meetings: Next Chamber Meeting is
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at noon at Kaytee’s

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce met on July 19 at The Hotel Crittenden. The following people were in attendance: Kelly Bruno, JVB; Brenda Whitman, Country Shoppe; Carol Spaulding, Individual; Bev Morris, Coudersport Borough; Joe Lashway, JVB; Jerry Trout, JVB; ; Dick Buchanan, Buchanan Brothers and Arboretum; Stan Swank, Shop n Save; Terry Cole, PA Careerlink; Helen Pryslak, Sweden Valley Manor; Susan Lemons, Susan Lemons Consulting; John Bry, Potter County Downtown Circuit Rider; David Cole, Potter County Main Street Committee Intern; Susan Kefover, Potter County Commissioner; Steve Erway, Northwest Bank; Janice Darrah, Sew Much More; Britta Hooftallen, Endeavor News; Gerri Miller, Black Forest Broadcasting; Megan Simms, Colonial Media; Walter Baker, A Way Out; Patty Giannotti, Secretary.

Call to Order: Stan Swank, President, at 12:13 p.m.
Joe Lashway from JVB gave an update on the recent merger of First National Bank of Port Allegany with Juniata Valley Bank of Mifflintown. The merger took place on December 1, 2015 and has been progressing steadily ever since. Joe, originally from Port Allegany, is a senior lending officer specializing in commercial lending and business development. He indicated that contrary to any rumors, there are no plans to consolidate any of the Northern Tier branches. Joe stated that even though the merger has been challenging because it represents change, one silver lining has been the influx of quality people who work for JVB to our area. Jerry Trout with JVB introduced himself, as well. Feel free to contact either Joe or Jerry if you have any questions or have any commercial banking/lending needs.

Susan Kefover, John Bry and David Cole from the Main Street Committee all spoke on how the Main Street Committee can be a support to Chamber members in attracting and retaining new businesses to help revitalize our downtown area. John and David showed some wonderful, informative multimedia presentations about Main Street programs, in general, and about Coudersport, specifically. Contact Susan Kefover if you would like a copy of either presentation- they are gems!

Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve by Dick Buchanan, Megan Simms seconded.
Treasurer’s Report: Ending balance for June: - $5.60. Motion to approve by Walter Baker, Britta Hooftallen seconded.

Membership: Patty reported that membership is 127 members. If you still owe dues, please pay them ASAP or talk to the Treasurer, Kelly Bruno, to discuss payment.
Arboretum: Dick Buchanan mentioned that the Arboretum is currently having a raffle for one of the benches that the Coudersport High School is making for them- see any Arboretum Committee Member to purchase raffle rickets.
Maple Festival: No report
Public Relations: Britta reported that on Thursday, Sept. 15, JVB will have its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting in the evening at a "Business After Hours" event.
Route 6 Project/Downtown Development: See Speaker (above). Borough Manager, Bev Morris, said the construction phase of the project will begin in August and will last into November of this year. After a hiatus in the winter months, it will resume in Spring.
PCVA/Artisan Center & Chamber Partnership: Stan reported that the Artisan Center is now financially and organizationally under the umbrella of the Chamber.
Welcoming Committee: Carol Spaulding asked that businesses continue to donate items for the Welcome Bags. Please take any items to the Chamber Office.

New Business: Walter mentioned the Chamber-sponsored Town Wide Yard Sales which will take place on Saturday, September 3 in Coudersport.

Old Business: Stan reminded everyone about the First Friday 50/50 fundraiser that the Chamber is conducting. If your business is interested in participating in this promotion, please call the Chamber Office.

Member News: Helen Pryslak mentioned the Garden Party at Sweden Valley Manor on August 5. Everyone is welcome to attend! Walter reported that the Christmas in July event that A Way Out held was a success. Brenda Whitman announced an "Elvis Tribute" event on October 22 that will benefit the Coudersport Senior Center.

Meeting Adjourned: 1:36 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Patty Giannotti, Secretary

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 27 at Kaytee’s.

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