By Martha Jacob
The Brown County Chamber of Commerce met in its monthly meeting on August 16 at First State Bank in Williamsburg. Mike Pell, president and CEO of First State Bank spoke briefly to the large crowd thanking everyone for attending the meeting. He said he and First State Bank are proud to be located in Brown County and FSB will soon be opening a new office in Ripley at the former John Woods Insurance location. He commented that FSB is also opening a new branch office in Fayetteville.
Following Mr. Pell’s comments, Chamber President Darrin Schneider led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance then had everyone briefly introduce themselves to the group.
Brown County Commissioner Barry Woodruff updated the chamber on economic development in the county. “The jail expansion is underway, they’re digging footers, moving six inch water lines and everything that goes along with that,” Woodruff said. “The contractors have decided to use all local people, for example Sardinia Ready-Mix and a local truss manufacturer.
They plan on using all local contractors. Of course there may be some things will have to be bought elsewhere,” he said.
Woodruff continued, “Close to Home in Fincastle now has 15 residents with 8 more coming, so that will put them over the 20 mark. It seems like every contractor we’ve talked to, we hear the same thing, they are all looking for good help.”
Linda Beckelhimer, treasurer of the chamber, updated members on the finances. The chamber had an ending balance in July of $10,1 17, deposits made of $8,381, with an ending balance, including outstanding checks of $12,976.
In other discussion, it was noted that the newly organized Travel & Tourism Committee is working hard to gain new members.
Steve Boehme, publisher of the Adams County Crossroads magazine spoke briefly about starting a similar publication in Brown County. Information on ABCAP Entrepreneurship Seminar 2018 was discussed which is set for Thursday, Oct. 4 at ABCAP, 406 West Plum Street in Georgetown.
Lisa Tumbleson-Davis with ABCAP spoke briefly about upcoming events. David Richey, C.F.O. with First State Bank also spoke about a few of the Brown County Statistics and asked a few questions about the local economy.