The Moriah Chamber of Commerce is reorganizing to include the Moriah Economic Development Group and PH7 as committees. This is not the first collaboration between the groups. Moriah EDGe, PH7 and the Moriah chamber joined to present Moriahstock, a day-long concert event, last August.
Membership in the Moriah chamber has dwindled in recent years, according to Tim Garrison, a chamber member. At the same time two new groups formed in the community — the Moriah Economic Development Group (EDGe) and PH7, a group that focuses on activities in the village of Port Henry.
The Moriah Economic Development Group and PH7 will become committees of the reorganized Moriah chamber, explained Garrison, who is chairman of the Moriah EDGe and a town trustee.
“It’s time we all start working together,” Garrison said of the Moriah groups. “Each group has its place — EDGe is working for develop economic opportunities, PH7 will concentrate on activities in the village and the chamber will work with local businesses. But we can do more if we work together.
“We want to combine our assets and resources,” he added. “We want to be heading in the right direction.”
This is not the first collaboration between the groups. Moriah EDGe, PH7 and the Moriah chamber joined to present Moriahstock, a day-long concert event, last August.
Jack Woods remains Moriah chamber president.
“Jack has done tremendous work for the community for many years,” Garrison said of Woods. “We never want to lose Jack, but we want to give him some help.”
Immediate goals of the reorganized Moriah chamber are to increase membership, to improve the annual Champ Day celebration and to make the annual Labor Day festivities bigger and better, Garrison said.
Individual membership in the Moriah chamber costs $20. Family memberships are $30. All Moriah businesses are automatically members of the chamber at no charge.
People interested in being part of the chamber can go online at www.porthenrymoriah.com or can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at the Moriah town hall, 14 Park Place, Port Henry.
“The Town of Moriah Chamber of Commerce is actively seeking new members to help shape our community now and for our future,” Garrison said. “Be a part of the rebuilding of our village, town and community. It is time to stand up and be part of the solution.”
Moriah wants to be part of a regional approach to tourism, marketing and economic development, Garrison said. That means working more closely with other chambers — like the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The Ti chamber has greater means to market the area than Moriah does,” Garrison said. “Keeping with a regional approach it makes sense to join our resources together.”
Membership in the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce has always been available to Moriah businesses, according to Matt Courtright, Ti chamber executive director.
“We serve Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah and Putnam,” Courtright said.
“We are, in general, available to businesses in those areas who wish to join the Ti chamber,” Courtright said. “We believe a regional approach to marketing our area serves everyone well.”
Courtright has met with members of the Moriah chamber and Moriah EDGe. He also plans future meetings with the Hague and Crown Point chambers.
“We’re always looking for ways to work more closely to help the entire area,” he said. “We want tight, strong relationships with other chambers.”
Like the Ticonderoga chamber, chambers in Moriah, Crown Point and Hague work to plan local events and maintain local websites, Courtright explained.
The difference between Ticonderoga and other local chambers, he said, is that the Ti office is staffed and is available full time to offer business services and answer public inquiries.
“We want to assist the entire area,” Courtright said. “We welcome opportunities to work closely with the chambers in Moriah, Hague and Crown Point.”
Garrison believes strongly in the regional approach to marketing and economic growth. He was recently appointed to the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism board of directors.
“We have three representatives from our area on the ROOST board,” Garrison said. “I think that’s a first. It’s great for our communities to be part of the regional effort.”
The Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is the accredited destination marketing organization responsible for promoting the Schroon Lake, Lake Champlain, Whiteface, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid regions to the traveling public via traditional marketing, communications, and by harnessing the power of electronic media.
It operates a main office in Lake Placid and one in Crown Point.