Larry Green - Always worth the drive

Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Obituaries | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | GrandCanyonTourGuide.com
Williams News | Williams, Arizona

home : latest news : latest news October 19, 2014


1/14/2014 10:42:00 AM
Williams Chamber board begins new year Jan. 17
Williams-Grand Canyon News Publisher Doug Wells is this year’s Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber Board chair. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Williams-Grand Canyon News Publisher Doug Wells is this year’s Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber Board chair. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is gearing up for a new year with new leadership.

The board's first meeting of the year is Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at Denny's. The public is welcome to attend.

The board will induct its new members and officially seat this year's executive committee at the meeting. The executive committee includes Sean Casey of Bearizona, Dee Seehorn of Pine Country Restaurant, Tim Snyder of Arizona Grand Canyon Tours, Doug Wells of the Williams-Grand Canyon News, and Jim Winbourn of Jim Winbourn Landscaping & Property Maintenance.

At the meeting, the board will review some of its upcoming projects for the year and receive an update from its committees, including Clean and Beautiful, Ambassadors/member care, budget planning, education, executive, economic development, events oversight, Taste of Williams, and tourism and marketing.

The chamber board is responsible for promoting Williams and overseeing the chamber staff. In general, the chamber board's executive committee discusses issues before bringing them before the larger board of directors for a vote.

The board has 15 members who may serve two consecutive three-year terms. The board also includes three nonvoting ex-officio members: Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rachel Savage, City Manager Brandon Buchanan and Councilman James Wurgler.

Jim Winbourn, last year's Chamber Board Chair, said one of the chamber's major accomplishments in the last few years was "how to get the name Williams, Arizona out to the world."

One of the strategies the chamber used to accomplish this was hiring marketing agent Heather Hermen to work with Chamber President Gioia Goodrum to promote Williams.

"They know pretty much what publications to advertise in, what markets to hit, what trade shows to go to," he said. "I keep seeing Williams, Arizona in the news a lot. It's just what we need."

Another one of Winbourn's personal priorities was bringing Williams into the 21st century by seeing what works for other tourist destinations, advertising in different markets, and improving the appearance of the town.

"I'm in landscaping and property maintenance, and to me just having flowers and trees and that type of stuff all over town just says we're healthy, we're alive, we're growing," he said.

This year's new Chamber Board Chair Doug Wells said he is honored to fill the position for the third time.

Wells said he is looking forward to working with the board, chamber staff, and the city, which helps fund the chamber.

"They all bring a unique perspective on how best to promote our community and bring more tourism dollars and visitors to the town," he said.

Some of Wells' goals for this year include hiring an events coordinator at the chamber, getting more people involved with the chamber and improving on last year's chamber events.

"We'll be building upon those events and hopefully getting more participation from the community and more visitors from outside the area," he said.

Wells said the board also hopes to conduct a survey of businesses in town about what they believe the chamber's priorities should be.

"The function of a Chamber of Commerce in a town such as Williams is so important to our major employer, and that is the tourist industry," Wells said, adding that about 70 percent of Williams residents work jobs related to tourism either directly or indirectly.

"I've seen it in Williams over the years though, the Chamber really does make a big difference in this community and our success in the community," Wells said.

Dec. 20 meeting highlights

At their Dec. 20 meeting, board members discussed the following items:

• Chamber budget planning: The city is withholding the money it gives the chamber to pay an events coordinator until someone is hired. The city budgets $273,000 to the Chamber for tourism and special events. In October, Bed, Board and Booze (BBB) revenue was down 17 percent from October 2012 because of the government shutdown. However, BBB revenue was still up 11 percent year to date.

• Events coordinator: The chamber placed ads in newspapers in northern Arizona as well as with Arizona and western chambers.

• Mountain Village Holiday: The chamber spent $12,000 for new lights and $20,000 in labor to put up and take down the decorations. The chamber raised $13,000 in Mountain Village Holiday sponsorships.

• Chamber mission statement: The current mission statement reads: "To effectively serve our community by promoting diverse economic growth, prosperity, and enhanced quality of life." At the October retreat, the board proposed, "The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce promotes Chamber membership and the Community through advocacy, programs, events and services." Staff also suggested adding, "Making Williams a better place to live, work and do business."

• Meet the Mushers: The mushers group is interested in returning to town in February or March. They are considering using the ski area to put on a race.

• Tourism: Visitation to the Visitor Center was down between October and November, but traffic on the www.experiencewilliams.com website increased 20 percent over the last year.


    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
Williams School Board Candidates face off in candidate forum
Editorial: Not to toot our own horn, but we won some awards
Williams High School students find a community voice through Youth Advisory Council
John E. Wagoner
Fate of impact fees in Williams unclear


Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Article comment by: John B

I certainly hope the Chamber has learned a lesson from their most recent mistake in who they hired as an event planner



Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public.Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Williams, AZ
Click for weather forecast






Find It Features Blogs Milestones Submit Extras Other Publications
Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Obituaries | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
HSE - Washington Post C (subscribe)

© Copyright 2014 Western News&Info, Inc.® Williams-Grand Canyon News is the information source for Williams, Arizona and surrounding communities. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Williams GC Newspapers Inc. Williams News Online is a service of Williams GC Newspapers Inc. By using the Site, williamsnews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the site's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Williams News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved