The Kodiak Chamber
of Commerce hosted its first Member Monday luncheon yesterday (Monday) afternoon
at the Best Western Kodiak Inn. Chamber officials say the new member luncheons will
provide the community another way to be involved with the chamber’s future
projects. Mary Donaldson was there and has this report.
The goal of Member Mondays is to
provide another outlet for chamber members to get their voices, thoughts, and
ideas heard. Chamber President John Whiddon says he hopes these new luncheons
will provide an opportunity for everyone to communicate ideas and goals for the
Chamber of Commerce to focus on over the next few years.
(Whiddon 1 :45s “…want and need.”)
people attended the first luncheon, and many ideas were discussed, with
Kodiak’s economic future and strategic planning being the highlights. Members
spoke up about the revitalization of downtown, and more importantly how
welcoming, or unwelcoming Kodiak is to new residents and visitors.
(Whiddon 2 :28s “…to get those in.”)
issue with the image of Kodiak was the discussion of including more signage and
crosswalks in downtown Kodiak to help direct new and visiting people around
Ellen Simeonoff says that strategic planning needs to deal with making Kodiak
an affordable place to live, which will attract more residents and business in
(Ellen 1 :40s “…has to be affordable.”)
Whiddon says topics for the
luncheons will change as the needs and interests of the local businesses
change, but that the overall goal will continue to be building Kodiak
economically, from both the business perspective, and from the chamber
(Whiddon 3 :40s “…to chamber members.”)
Chamber of Commerce plans to host member luncheons on the first Monday of every
month at the KI, from noon to 1 p.m. Specific topics for future meetings will
take shape over luncheon conversations. The first luncheon was merely to scratch
the surface of what members want to focus on in the future. All chamber members
are invited to the luncheons.