The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership have entered into a contract, agreeing to work together with the chamber as the “coordinating” agency. Pictured are Pictured are, back from left, TMSP board members Ken Engler, John Bartlett, Bob Dedrick, Matt Courtright, chamber executive director; front, Debbie Barber, Darlene Treadway and Joyce Cooper. Other TMSP board members include Vicki Sperry, Deb Malaney, Leslie Midgley, John McDonald Jr., Pam Nolan and Susan Rathbun.
A pair of Ticonderoga organizations dedicated to strengthening the business community have formally joined forces.
“While TMSP and the chamber have worked closely for the past several years on events and projects, the new partnership serves to strengthen the relationship and enables us to better coordinate our mutual efforts on promotions and events for the citizens, visitors and the businesses of our community,” stated John Bartlett, TMSP executive committee member.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is reorganizing to better serve Ticonderoga, Bartlett said.
In addition to contracting with the chamber, the TMSP board has created an executive committee made up its committee chairpeople. TMSP committees consist of Promotions, StreetFest, Design and the Best Fourth in the North. The Best Fourth in North committee, which had been independent for decades, joined the TMSP in 2012.
In the past there had been a sole TMSP chairperson and a board comprised of TMSP volunteers and downtown merchants. Now there is the executive committee, the board and the chamber serving as the TMSP coordinator.
“2012 was a year of transition for the Best Fourth in the North committee,” said Debbie Barber, Best Fourth chairwoman. “I became the new committee chairperson and we moved from being a town of Ticonderoga-associated committee to being a sub-committee of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership. This change was needed for a variety of reasons to ensure that vitality of Ticonderoga’s Fourth of July tradition for the community and area visitors.”
In addition to the Best Fourth in the North the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership organizes WinterFest, StreetFest, the Street Art Project and Auction, HalloweenFest, Community Clean Up Day and works on a variety of streetscape projects and initiatives.
The TMSP also participates and is involved with other events and works closely with organizations in Ticonderoga as well as the town.
“We are thrilled to expand the partnership between the chamber and the TMSP to not only create a closer relationship, assist them with their events and projects and public relations, but to better serve the Ticonderoga area as a whole,” said Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director. “The strengthening of this partnership will assist the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce in their efforts to serve, market and promote the Ticonderoga area. It will also support economic development and growth, our other chamber partners and the communities that the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce serves.
“Expanding our partnership make sense for both organizations as we work together to strengthen and grow the Ticonderoga area,” he added. “The chamber will continue to work hard to serve our members, the business community and the Ticonderoga area as our key focus. This partnership is mutually beneficial for both organizations and will certainly allow further development.”
For more information people can contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 585-6619, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its office at 94 Montcalm St.
The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership is a not-for-profit organization established in 2007. Its mission is to create and enhance the economic, historic and social development of Ticonderoga's traditional business district, employing the National Trust Main Street Center’s guidelines for organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. Meetings are held monthly and volunteers are always welcome. Like the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership on facebook to stay up to date on TMSP events, news and more. For more information on the TMSP visit www.timainstreet.org.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce serves, markets and promotes the Ticonderoga area including, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah and Putnam. The TACC plans and hosts free community events, events that draw area visitors, assists area organizations with their events and projects, provides small business support and resources and business referrals, answers community and visitor questions and requests via phone, Email and mail, sends visitor area information upon request, keeps an online calendar of events, as well as an array of benefits for its members.
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