East Walker County Chamber Of Commerce
The East Walker County Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1975 for the purpose of promoting the advancement of civic, commercial, industrial and agricultural interests of East Walker County and the surrounding communities in West Jefferson County, as well as the general welfare and prosperity of our area.
In short, we are an organization of business, professional and other concerned citizens, working together for the common good of the community.
Membership is extended to any business, professional, or individual person desiring to assist in promoting our mission. The cities served by East Walker Chamber are Cordova, Dora, Sipsey and Sumiton.
East Walker Chamber 5k Run in planning stages
East Walker Chamber of Commerce organizer are hard at work planning this fall’s fourth annual 5k and 1 mile fun run. Please mark your calendars for Saturday October 4, 2014.
“We need people to come out and participate in either the 5k, or the Fun Run,” said Kristie Tuggle. Entry fees are $25 for the 5K and $15 for the Fun Run. Participant of the 5K run, which is 3.1 miles, are welcome to walk if they’d prefer. “Each participating winner will get an age group prize,” said Tuggle.
Tee shirts and a goody bag filled with nice gifts go to each participant. Attendees also have a chance for a door prize. “There’s always food provided,” said Tuggle. Organizers are currently collecting these items. All businesses are encouraged to donate pens, pencils, notepads, coffee mugs, and other items for the bags.
Tuggle said the team is also seeking sponsors for the back of the tee shirts. Available sponsorship levels include “$500, which will get the name and logo of your business at the top of the shirt. There will be 4 $250 slots which will get the name and logo a little smaller on the shirt. The $100 sponsorships gets the name of your business (no logo) on the back of the shirt.
Kristie Tuggle needs to have the sponsorship ads by August 31. For more information, visit www.active.com, or www.eastwalkerchamber.com. Those interested can also call the Chamber office at 205-255-0202, or Melissa Justice at 205-612-4578.
Walker Area Community Foundation hosts community meeting
An estimated 80 people attended a Walker Area Community Foundation community meeting on Thursday July 31, at Dora High School.
The meeting was designed to allow members of the community to share ideas to form a vision for Walker County during the coming years.
The attendees broke into small groups of six to eight people and brainstormed on questions about what Walker County would look like in five years if our visions were implemented.
The groups came up with ideas for developing activities and resources for young people and adults alike. Some talked about using the T.S. Boyd school as a business incubator, using the gym for concerts, movies, porting events and other activities for families in the area.
Some groups suggested we provide more walking tracks, and areas to help the community become healthy. Some discussed developing the area around Corridor X to help attract industry, and businesses.
Mayor Randy Stephens, and Petey Ellis attended the meeting along with Walker County Commission Chairman Billy Luster and commissioner Steven Aderholt. Senator Greg Reed was on hand to kick the session off.
“This meeting gave people our side of the river a voice,” said Rick Watson. “I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
Other attendees chimed in saying “It feels good to have an opportunity to get involved with our future and to do something remarkable.”
Those attending came from Sipsey, Empire, Sumiton, Dora, Argo, Cordova, Piney Woods, Sloss Hollow, Burnwell, and Quinton as well as other communities.
The Walker Area Community Foundation is sponsoring these community meetings in several other communities around Walker County.
After the data from all communities have been collected, a firm will compile the results. The Foundation will then present the findings along with several initiatives that came out of these community meetings.
East Walker Chamber Ambassador Program
We are very excited about the Ambassador program. This is a great opportunity for both the chamber as well as the ambassadors. Our primary goal to expose them to a civic organization at a young age, our hope is when they settle into communities as adults they will want to continue to serve. Our program gives the ambassadors exposure to community leaders, instills leadership qualities and their time will qualify as service hours. The Chamber will be able to utilize these folks to promote our efforts in their respective schools and communities.