It may not be the largest organization of its kind, but Jaime Andrus says the <a href=”http://www.cachechamber.com/” target=”_blank”>Cache Chamber of Commerce</a> is the fastest-growing chamber in the state and more than that. In her opinion, it is also, “the busiest and the best chamber chapter around.”
Andrus is the new president and CEO of the chamber, replacing Sandy Emile who held the position for approximately 17 years. After two months on the job, she has been to dozens of meetings, met hundreds of people and enjoyed all the new acquaintances, especially chamber members.
Andrus says she is impressed with the fact that Utah Governor Gary Herbert has asked all of the rural counties to come up with a strategic plan and he plans to meet with the members, perhaps in January, to go over the strategic economic development ideas.
“We’ve invited members from all over the valley,” Andrus explains, “cities and towns throughout the Cache Valley to participate, as well as Logan City, in this alliance.
“We are assisting our County Executive Craig Buttars in putting together a strategic plan to go to the governor and say, ‘This is what we have in Cache Valley. These are our are strengths and these are the things we need you, as our governor, to help us with.'”
Among her priorities as president is the launching of a leadership program for small businesses. She would like to bring in some of the smaller cities surrounding Logan into chamber membership. Another priority is getting the chamber more involved in legislative affairs.
An important goal will be to become a resource for businesses and also to build community relationships, not just in Cache Valley but throughout the state.