New Energy at the Local Chamber

There is definitely new energy at the local Chamber of Commerce, evidenced by the committee structure that is functioning well.

Community Development and Housing Committee Chairperson, Lisa Pierce recently discussed blighted properties with her committee members. They followed up by meeting with Tuskegee City Manager Bernard Houston. If you are interested in knowing what’s next, attend the March 2018 membership meeting.  If you are not a member, you can join the Chamber and then volunteer to work on the committee of your choice.

Each group has a clear focus and delivers meaningful outcomes.

Special Projects Committee Chair, Jamelle McDade assisted with the Business After Hours Networking event held on March 16, 2018 featuring complimentary food and an exceptional environment for Chamber members to mix and mingle. The Chamber extends special thanks to Dad’s Enterprises for hosting the networking experience.

Tourism and Business Development Committee Chair, Noah Hopkins remains excited about residual effects from the Best Practices Tour to Thomasville, Alabama he recently coordinated.

Membership Committee Chair, Fred Flowers has improved the application process, making it easier for newcomers to join and returning members to stay engaged. Thanks to Fred, application takes just a few clicks on the computer with a visit to

Community/University Engagement Chair, Dr. Walter Hill was traveling last month so he arranged for his colleague, Dr. Kai Koong to attend the Chamber meeting with Michael Tullier, head of the Tuskegee University communication and marketing department. Tullier shared information on the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), including why it is so important for everyone, including citizens to be aware of the QEP commitment to REACH, an acronym for Road from Early Achievement to a Career High. You can learn more about these projects by visiting

The Chamber is utilizing its social media platforms to recognize local women who hold leadership positions. This campaign with the theme, “I AM WOMAN – HEAR ME ROAR” is presented in conjunction with National Women’s History Month. Image and Communications Committee Chairperson, Andrea Callahan collaborated with Chamber administrative assistant, Gabrielle Aboki on this project to salute Tuskegee-area women who are making history today.

Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks is on that list. The Chamber truly appreciates Dr. Brooks and her staff for hosting the February 2018 Chamber membership meeting at the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center. She presented an excellent overview of programs and progress within the school system.

The Chamber hopes something you have read in this article inspires you to get involved with the organization. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Macon County Commission Annex Chamber, 205-B North Main Street.

Personal Note from Karin Hopkins:
I am executive director of the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce. I am also co- founder of ECHOboom, this digital media platform you are currently viewing and publisher of the e-newsletter, Tuskegee Rising.

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