New Montgomery County Chambers of Commerce Alliance Fosters Public-Private Dialogue

Ten Chambers of Commerce in Montgomery County have formed the Alliance of Montgomery County Chambers of Commerce.

Ten Chambers of Commerce in Montgomery County have formed the Alliance of Montgomery County Chambers of Commerce, a collaboration of chambers serving members throughout the county.

The mission is to provide a space for open dialogue on current and emerging issues, to establish a forum for ongoing communication with elected officials on business-related topics, and to leverage a collective voice for business advocacy when deemed appropriate.

The idea for the Alliance followed conversations that began during the pandemic when chamber executives were participating in numerous county and state-wide calls on behalf of their member organizations.

“The opportunity to speak with a single voice and share ways in which chambers could assist one another became more apparent,” said Pam Kelly, President, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County.

Eileen Dautrich, President of TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, indicated that the Alliance will allow chambers to combine their voices and strengths of their memberships to help small businesses throughout the county.

The agreement, however, allows each chamber to decide which issues it feels are important to support. The first collective initiative for the Alliance will be the distribution of PPE to area businesses through a partnership agreement with the County.

“The partnership between the Commerce Department and all of the Chambers has been an instrumental part of our COVID-19 response and their help distributing the PPE kits to small businesses is a testament to their combined commitment to the communities they serve and support.” David Zellers, Montgomery County Commerce Director said.

“I commend the leaders of all the Chambers for coming together,” said Zellers, “and I’m excited about this new Alliance and what it will mean as we continue to work together to make Montgomery County the place to live, work, learn, and invest.”

Members of the Alliance include: