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Chamber Seeking New Executive Director Amidst Changes

The North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce has a new strategic plan and initiatives for the future.

 

Expect to see a more active this year, as the organization looks to innovate its approach to fostering business in town.

According to Chamber Chairman Toby Aaron, the chamber has re-crafted its vision for the future to focus more on economic development and collaboration with the Town of North Kingstown, Quonset Business Park and Wickford Junction () to attract more business to the area.

“The chamber wants to take a more active role in the whole community,” said Aaron. “The chamber needs to think bigger. It needs to do bigger and broader things and bring more awareness to North Kingstown.”

Part of that restructuring will be replacing the former chamber executive director, Karla Driscoll, who left the position last week. The chamber plans to post the job opening this week, seeking a new director with a background in marketing and economic development.

The chamber’s events will be getting a facelift as an “events” committee has been tasked with reviewing the organizations events and determining their viability.

“At the end of the day we will have events that make sense from a standpoint of what their contribution is,” said Aaron. “We’re spending time on events that aren’t really doing a lot.”

The chamber’s board of directors will flesh out the details of its new strategic plan and economic development initiative at its annual meeting on April 11 at the Wickford Junction Train Station.

“I think the chamber will move forward at a faster pace in the next eight to 12 months than it has in a long time,” said Aaron.

NKGOP Watch March 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM
These NKGOP-tied losers have done NOTHING for the business level in North Kingstown. What a bunch of pompous, USELESS morons. I've dealt with them directly and I know. Petty politics and being legends in their own minds are about it. REALLY REALLY sad lot.
seed and soil March 14, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Wow @nkgop watch...that's some pretty harsh words. Please do tell....how that "nothing" you claim they do - should be transformed. I would be very interested to hear what specifics you would suggest. It's easy to be a keyboard critic, instead share your productive, positive and specific thoughts/ideas please. I have read some of your comments on several other debate issues here on the Patch, and will share that in some cases agree with your train of thought and at others times ...not so much. But having some degree of familarity with both sides of the political fences here in our community, feel pretty confident in the view that some very good...and unfortunately, some not so hot folks serve on both. Why the negative wholesale labeling?
Gregg ONeill March 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
NKGOP Watch.....er I mean Chris P. , it is obvious you are a bitter, angry person who likes to live in the past. Why not make some productive suggestions instead of spewing your usual vitriol. Just a thought.
NK Beautiful March 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM
NKGOP Watch: Always the critic, need to get a life. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors that’s available here in North Kingstown in so many ways, find the positive in people, there are so many great ones here in NK. The past cannot be changed, getting pretty old hearing complaints about Haley, hasn't that been over three years now? Time to stop blaming the past and make a positive impact to the future of our lovely town, think about putting your name on the ballot.
toby aaron March 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Hi NKGOP Watch. I am the Chairman of the Chamber, store owner in Wickford, very active in the Merchants Association, why don't we meet face to face so I can explain to you all the positive actions we are taking. It's people like you that complain and don't have any solutions that hold others back.. Why don't you put your money where your mouth is and volunteer to work towards positive changes in our community. If you don't want to volunteer then get out of the way so those of us that are committed to positive change can get some work done!
CBA March 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Bravo!
deb mehringer March 14, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I would really be interested in hearing what you have done to change the climate of North Kingstown? What POSITIVE changes have you implemented? Please do tell!
Ed Renehan March 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Right on!

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