The boards of directors of the Souhegan Valley and Merrimack Chambers of Commerce agreed to merge into a new regional partnership: The Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, Wendy Hunt will serve as president and CEO and Karen Simmons will serve as operations manager of the Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley chamber.
“We are confident that combining our resources at this time in our collective histories will positively impact economic development opportunities, offer a broader range of member services and programs, will boost the small business programming in the region, and increase the opportunities for leadership to develop a stronger business climate,” a statement read. “Equally as important, we will be an even stronger collective voice of the business community watching out for area businesses, large and small, at local, regional and state levels.”
Both chambers say they seek to promote, maintain and enhance the area’s economic climate so businesses will locate in the region, grow and hire employees, and stay in the area.
The 11 towns geographically affiliated with the Souhegan Valley Chamber include Amherst, Brookline, Greenville, Hollis, Lyndeborough, Mason, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Ipswich, Temple, and Wilton. However, a press release noted chamber events are also attended by business people from Nashua, Bedford, Manchester, Merrimack, and Concord and even Northern Massachusetts.
Current Souhegan Valley and Merrimack chamber board members will be part of this new, combined chamber.
For information on membership in the Greater Merrimack-Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, contact Wendy Hunt, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chamber at 603-673-4360.