Chamber explores merger of local agencies

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By The Staff

In June, the boards of the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and the Oldham County Economic Development Authority will decide whether to merge into one new economic development agency. 

For more than six months, a committee of chamber and business leaders have discussed such a venture. After numerous meetings and discussions, we encourage the business community to get behind this initiative. 

As the chamber, we are most interested in preserving the value of membership while working to grow business in Oldham County. Successful businesses in our community help to grow the tax base, expand business opportunities and support smart growth. The chamber is consistently working to offer members more value, broader relationships and significant opportunities for growth. We are confident that combining resources and strategies with OCEDA can broaden economic development opportunities without sacrificing value to members.

One organization focused on economic development broadens the chamber’s capabilities of serving business. It facilitates a vision for business creation; develops a brand for the community at large; expands the potential of resources and how they serve business; and unifies the community’s approach to serving business overall.

We invite business leaders to visit www.OldhamCountyChamber.com and review the history of the process and the most frequently asked questions.  As you review these materials, reflect on your vision for Oldham County and contact one of us to share your thoughts. The members and business opportunities in Oldham County are at the forefront of our minds, and your thoughts and opinions are important to us as we move forward. In addition, the Chamber’s full board makes itself available for your input. Please see the board section of the site to contact them directly.

As always, thank you for supporting the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce, its members and the work of this agency. We look forward to working with you to continue toward smart growth and exciting new ventures.


Deana Epperly Karem

executive director, Oldham County Chamber of Commerce


Robin Lawson

chair, board of directors

The views expressed in this column are those of the writers.