Earlier this month the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce elected new officers to lead the Board of Directors. Scott Watkins of Buildaberg was elected president, Wayne Agner of The Trinity Journal was elected vice president and Travis Finch of Velocity was elected secretary/treasurer. Former Chamber President Kelli Gant agreed to help with the transition and serve as a resource for the new officers.

Newly elected President Watkins said he is looking to increase membership in the Trinity County Chamber. “I have been watching a large number of Fictitious Business Names get printed in The Trinity Journal over the past couple years and I’m curious to know why many of them have not joined the Chamber.” The Chamber’s membership was up to 133 businesses in 2017 and current membership is about 100 businesses, a significant decline in just four years, though some of that certainly came from the impacts of COVID-19 and business closures/reductions.

Watkins shared with the Chamber Board that he wants to prepare businesses for the General Plan update so businesses know when and how to engage in the process.

“The General Plan update is something every business should be aware of. The update will have a major impact on all businesses in the County for years to come. I believe membership in the Trinity County Chamber will help all local businesses have a stronger voice and strengthen our local economy.”

Watkins also announced a ‘Listening Tour’ in the coming weeks to get a better sense of what the current and the past Trinity County Chamber members would like the chamber to focus its efforts on.

“The new officers could bring plenty of fresh ideas, but how effective these ideas are depends on the support of members. Thus, the Listening Tour will give us valuable input on what the member businesses would like to see more -- or less -- of,” Watkins  said. “The Listening Tour would also be an opportunity for business owners who are not Trinity County Chamber members to learn more about the benefits of joining the Trinity County Chamber.”

The Listening Tour is set to start with Watkins calling all current and past members of the Trinity County chamber in order to open a dialogue and listen to what the members think. “Once we hear from members individually and gain some qualitative data, I would like to send out a survey and start forming a consensus. The idea is to gather quantitative data from the survey that we can build on.”

Ultimately the future focus, goals, and activities will be shaped by the member businesses themselves. If you would like to contact the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce to join as a new business, renew your business membership or simply have your voice heard; the Chamber suggests sending an email to trinitychamberofcommerce@gmail.com to start a conversation.

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