Welcome to the first in a new series looking at organizations and groups in Richland County. We’re calling it “Get to Know,” as we’re sharing information about each which you might not already know.
In downtown Mansfield, catty-corner from the library parking garage, sits the former home of Dr. J.W. Craig (Be sure to visit here to read all about this landmark of Mansfield!). The current occupant of this impressive home, since 1978, is not a person – it’s the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. This organization, whose members are local businesses and associations, has developed an excellent reputation for serving the community as an advocate and catalyst for economic and business success in Richland County.
The question, then, is what does “the chamber” do? The best way to describe it is that they work hard to make our community a better place! They do that by having conversations with people from all walks of life, on a variety of topics, and then turning those conversations into action.
Here are some recent examples that they’ve provided to show what is under discussion within our community:
~ K-12 education, adult training, and higher education degrees
~ Municipal infrastructure projects
~ Promoting new businesses
~ Community beautification
~ Helping middle & high school students start businesses
~ Community branding & marketing
~ Availability of local childcare
~ Helping employers find skilled workers
~ Helping people find a local job
~ Helping connect local businesses
~ Building local leaders
~ Helping other businesses to consider expanding here
That’s a lot! Visit the chamber online at RichlandAreaChamber.com, or visit them in downtown Mansfield at 55 Mulberry Street, to get to know our local Chamber of Commerce. Pro tip: They welcome visitors who are simply curious about the Craig house and want to check out the inside of this fabulous Landmark of Mansfield.
Source, Photo: Richland Area Chamber of Commerce