Party will celebrate Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 75th anniversary
By AMBER SOUTH
Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a party Monday.
About 100 or so people are expected to attend, and Executive Director Scott Brown hopes the public will make up a good part of that number.
The 75th anniversary is certainly a milestone, Brown said. It is an opportunity for people to understand the role of the chamber in the community and how that role is evolving.
“It’s really key to support what the chamber does in the community, especially in Shippensburg,” Brown said.
The chamber has helped the community grow into what it is: the home of large corporations including Volvo Construction Equipment, JLG and Schreiber Foods, Brown said. While that lane of work continues, the chamber is also working to expand other routes.
Taking place downtown, next to the chamber building and adjacent to McCleary Avenue from 4 to 7 p.m., the outdoor party will happen in the heart of the zone the chamber has been significantly trying to build up, Brown said.
The chamber is working in cooperation with other community organizations on an initiative that will showcase downtown properties to small business owners who could potentially take them over, according to a news release about the program.
Guests to Monday’s party will also have the opportunity to learn about the chamber’s history. Shippensburg Historical Society is working on a display of materials from throughout the chamber’s 75 years, Brown said. Perhaps part of that could be information on what Brown described as one of the chamber’s first jobs: Securing funding for the first Shippensburg post office.
Brown added that the chamber has been working since its first days to set up the small-business model that is in Shippensburg today.
According to Brown, original chamber officials made trips to Washington D.C. to push for legislation that supports small businesses in small communities.
The past will also come to the present at the party through an antique tractor and fire truck display, Brown said.
Community officials will speak. They include Bob Ziobrowski, Franklin County commissioner; Shippensburg Mayor Bruce Hockersmith; Ron Taylor, president of the chamber; and potentially a representative of Shippensburg University, Brown said.
The chamber will also have a variety of resource materials available. A silent auction will take place as well.
Door prizes will be awarded.