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2:07 PM

Executive Director of Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation Joins Chamber of Commerce Staff

We are pleased to welcome Virginia Harriger as the newest member of the Chamber of Commerce team to lead the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.

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Ginny joined the Chamber staff in early November as executive director of the Foundation and most recently served as the general manager of the Public Opinion for 22 years. During that time, she has accumulated a wealth of community knowledge as well as exceptional skills in leadership, relationship building, organizational management, revenue development and strategic planning.

 

“I am delighted to serve the community in this position and am eager to leverage my experience that will positively impact the progress and growth of the Foundation,” said Virginia Harriger, executive director of the Foundation. “The organization is an important asset with its unique programs focused on leadership and workforce development. I look forward to the opportunity to invest in a 2019 strategic plan as well as a brand awareness campaign that will meet the core mission of the Foundation.”

 

Ginny is a native of Lancaster County, Pa. and earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing from Juniata College. Her background as the General Manager/Advertising Director with Gannett (owner of Public Opinion) included overseeing a $10 million budget, leading a 20-member team through significant operational transitions, developing relationships with key community decision makers and thriving in a fast-paced environment.

 

“We are excited to have a valuable new team member join the Chamber staff to lead the Foundation,” said Stephen Christian, president of the Chambersburg Chamber. “Ginny’s expertise with both businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as her long-time dedication to this community will serve as a tremendous asset moving forward.”

 

In addition to her career accomplishments, Ginny has also volunteered extensively in the community. Her service has included involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, Chambersburg Area School District Booster Clubs and St. John’s United Church of Christ. Most recently, she completed the Certified Tourism Ambassador program through the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

 

Prior to moving to Franklin County, Ginny’s early career took her to Cincinnati in the hospitality and weight loss sales/management industries. She and her family moved to the area in 1996 when her husband accepted a teaching position with Wilson College. In her spare time, Ginny enjoys catching up on the latest news or watching baseball. She and her husband Dana have two sons. To contact Ginny, email gharriger@chambersburg.org or call 717-264-7101 ext. 205.


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12:45 PM

Chamber Travel Club Explores Italy

Twenty-seven local residents discovered the best of Italy’s cuisine, culture and architectural marvels on a 10-day exploration with the Chamber Travel Club earlier this month.

 

The multi-city “Reflections of Italy” tour was hosted by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce as one of the Chamber Travel Club’s longest excursions and coordinated by Kay Estep of Kay’s World Class Travel as well as Collette.

 

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“Our ‘Reflections of Italy’ trip was a great way to introduce Italy to our travelers,” said Kay Estep of Kay’s World Class Travel.  “The awesome cities visited, delicious Italian cuisine, fantastic Collette tour guide and 27 great travelers all came together to make this a wonderful experience! The Chamber Travel Club is well organized and provides great tours with professional travel organizations. I encourage everyone to travel with them!”

 

The group of Franklin County residents was able to see everything from bustling Rome’s iconic landmarks such as the Colosseum and Vatican City, to the picturesque hill town of Assisi, to a true Italian winery in the peaceful Tuscan countryside. Highlights included not just sight-seeing, but cultural immersion through delicious meals, live musicians and dancing, wine tasting; and navigating the canals of Venice.

 

Trevi“We strive for the Chamber Travel Club to give locals the opportunity to see and do things they may not be able to do on their own,” said Lark Kennedy, marketing manager at the Chambersburg Chamber. “Travelers are guided by knowledgeable local travel agents and accompanied by people from their home, giving them the chance to relax and enjoy the wonders of their destination without worrying about the hassles of planning a trip.”

 

The group, consisting of people from all experiences and backgrounds, became a family as they traveled through Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Venice and Milan. Many in the group appreciated the help of the Chamber Travel Club coordinators to guide them every step of the way. 

 

“It was an absolutely great trip! I liked that we met the bus locally and transportation was provided to and from the airport,” said Greencastle resident Jess Hudson, Chamber Travel Club Italy trip attendee.IMG_1033

 

Click here to view photos from the trip.

 

The Chamber Travel Club is open to anyone in the community interested in traveling to many destinations both foreign and domestic. The Club currently has three additional trips planned with their Chamber member travel agents through 2019. They include:

February 16-24, 2019 – Natural Wonders of Costa Rica with Globus coordinated by UniQuest Chambersburg Travel, LLC.
June 18-28, 2019 – Alaska By Land & Sea with UniQuest Chambersburg Travel, LLC and Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas.
October 21-27, 2019 – Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights coordinated by Carol DiBiase of Cruise Planners.
 

For more information about these trips or to join the Chamber Travel Club communications, please contact Kennedy at 717-264-7101 ext. 206 or lkennedy@chambersburg.org. For past trip photos and tour itineraries, visit Chambersburg.org/TravelClub.

 

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization with more than 800 Chamber member businesses. It has been serving the community since 1911 and exists to help its members prosper as well as enhance the quality of life in the Chambersburg area. For more information, visit Chambersburg.org.


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7:30 AM

Ribbon Cutting: Monster Buyback and Repair

Congratulations to Monster Buyback & Repair! They celebrated their recently remodeled business with a Ribbon Cutting at 1495 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.

 

Monster Buyback & Repair services a wide variety of electronic devices, purchases used smartphones and tablets, and offers quick and easy shipping solutions. They are committed to continual improvement and bringing their customers the highest quality services possible. Their passion for what they do is undeniable; visit them and see for yourself. They promise that every customer who walks through the door is treated like family and will leave with all the necessary information to make the best possible decision for their specific issue. Monster Buyback & Repair, they're here to help.

 

For more information, visit their website.


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1:06 PM

State Legislators attend 3rd Annual Franklin County Legislative Breakfast

 

Workforce development, budgetary concerns and reform for workers’ compensation were a few of the hot-button topics covered by a panel of state legislators at the 3rd Annual Franklin County Legislative Breakfast held recently in Chambersburg, Pa.

 

Hosted by the five chambers of commerce on behalf of the Franklin County Government Affairs Committee, more than 170 people from the business community attended the event. Attendees gathered to hear from Senator John Eichelberger, Representative Rob Kauffman, Representative Paul Schemel and Representative Jesse Topper.

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“We are pleased to host this Legislative Breakfast because it enables our Chamber members to be engaged with public officials about important issues affecting the business community,” said Stephen Christian, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. “As a member of your local chamber, this is only one of many opportunities you have throughout the year to support your business initiatives.”

 

Moderated by Gene Barr, president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, the state legislators were encouraged to discuss their current responsibilities and legislation. Areas talked about included workers’ compensation reform, campaign management, the state’s handling of the grand jury investigation of the Catholic Church and the new congressional boundaries.

 

Barr also invited the state legislators to share what they believed were the most significant problems facing the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Topics included the influence of public sector unions, budgetary issues and unfunded pension liability. Senator Eichelberger, Representative Kauffman and Representative Schemel felt each of those issues would become more critical when another economic downturn occurs. Representative Jesse Topper believed addressing the shortage of skilled workers in Pennsylvania would positively impact all of those topics.

 

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“By working with technology centers, the business community, education and government sectors to increase our skilled labor force, that will be a jet engine for this economy and help us avoid future problems in an economic downturn,” said Representative Jesse Topper.

 

Attendees also participated in a Q&A with the panelists to talk about local issues such as preparing students to enter the workforce. The state legislators highlighted the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” which encourages schools to expose fifth graders to future career opportunities from the local business community. This early exposure along with other educational opportunities will help drive students to explore career fields beyond the standard college-driven focus.

 

Special thanks to Grand Sponsor JFC Staffing Companies, the members of the Franklin County Government Affairs Committee as well as the representatives from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the public policy positions of the Franklin County Government Affairs Committee, please visit Chambersburg.org/PublicPolicyPositions.

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11:18 AM

Leadership Franklin County Youth

Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Youth began in 2009 with the mission to create a community of young people who are actively engaged in responsible, ethical and effective leadership. The program is open to sophomore high school students in any of the Franklin County school districts.

 

At their session last week, students met at the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce to help a nonprofit, Waynesboro Community Fellowship, and discussed values as part of their "Model the Way" curriculum.

 

Through the year-long leadership program, LFC Youth strives to invest in promising Franklin County high school students by providing them the tools to emerge as leaders in their personal lives, schools and communities.

 

Their curriculum centers around leadership skills development, including the  five practices of Exemplary Leadership, an approach to becoming a better student leader: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act and Encourage the Heart.

 

Students also learn about Franklin County through various on-site tours and panel discussions with community leaders. Students will explore area community service opportunities, tour the Franklin County
courthouse and jail, learn about socio-economic and cultural diversity and more.

 

LFC Youth is provided to the students at no cost, thanks to a sponsorship by Wilson College.

 

For more information about the program, go to: https://bit.ly/2Qv1pNG


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1:36 PM

Ribbon Cutting: North Chambersburg Improvements Project

Congrats Summit Health! Their ribbon cutting ceremony this week recognized the completion of the North Chambersburg Improvements Project as well as the impending road opening of the extension of Fifth Avenue. The new road extends from Norland Avenue to Parkwood Drive, crossing from the Borough of Chambersburg into Greene Township.

The North Chambersburg Improvement Project has been focused on integrating the the area's existing roadways with the growing commercial area on Norland Avenue. Originally a three-part project, the Fifth Avenue expansion was an addition as a result of a budget surplus.

Through Chambersburg Health Services, Summit Health applied for grant funding and contributed greatly to the project. 

For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2NWRnHw.


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1:22 PM

What is The Foundry?

Have you noticed the artistic-looking building along South Main Street with the mosaic mural on the side, but never explored all that it held?

 

The Foundry Artist Cooperative is home to an eclectic mixture of handmade works by artists from around the Cumberland Valley in Central Pennsylvania. The corner store houses a retail shop, where guests can purchase unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are made locally, view rotating exhibits featuring the work of artists both local & national and learn new techniques.

 

The Foundry is a collective of creatives working together to support each other’s businesses and connect with the community. “It’s a great opportunity for artists to present their work to the public, while being part of a creative endeavor that enriches our community,” said Anne Finucane, a Foundry member.

 

Artists offer the public a wide variety of technical courses and recreational workshops (paint party, anyone?) for a fun evening with friends, gift ideas and a creative outlet. Classes include paint nights, mixed media workshops, seasonal creations such as “Halloween Mosaics” and more! Go to FoundryArtsCoop.com for information on all upcoming events.

 

The Foundry is part of the Chamber’s affiliate, Downtown Chambersburg Inc., and an initiative of the Chambersburg Downtown Business Plan. Over 30 artists make unique, handmade wares available at the beautiful retail space in downtown Chambersburg. Stop by 100 South Main St. and shop for unique creations in the Foundry’s new floor plan and design layout!


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1:36 PM

Ribbon Cutting: Discount Mart

Congrats Discount Mart! They celebrated the opening of their store at 1672 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg today with friends, staff, representatives from the Chambersburg Chamber and other community leaders.

Discount Mart is a retail store that provides quality products at discount prices. Items include clothing, furniture, electronics, bedding, housewares and snack foods. Learn more by calling 717-496-8437 or visit their Facebook page here. 


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9:32 AM

Ribbon Cutting: Jersey Mike's

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Welcome Jersey Mike's to Chambersburg! They hosted their Grand Opening today at 241 Walker Road in Chambersburg - congrats! 

 

 

Jersey Mike's Subs is all about quality - that's how they make such delicious subs. At Jersey Mike's, high quality meats and cheeses are sliced in front of you, bread is baked in store, and customers enjoy the authentic taste. They're open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call them at 717-261-0865 or click here.

 

 

Have an event or party coming up? Jersey Mike's also caters! Click here for more information. 

 

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Support the community!

 

Jersey Mike's has a special sub deal through August 26. Bring a coupon in from United Way of Franklin County, pay a $2 donation for a sub, and all proceeds are given to United Way. Contact United Way for details at 717-262-0015.


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2:11 PM

Ribbon Cutting: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chambersburg

Welcome SpringHill Suites by Marriott to Chambersburg! They celebrated their Grand Opening at 451 Gateway Avenue surrounded by friends, family, staff and community leaders. 

 

The newly constructed all-suite hotel blends design and functionality offering the modern amenities you need to stay refreshed and focused - all at an affordable price. Take the stress out of travel with free Wi-Fi, a relaxing pool, fitness center,  24/7 market, complimentary hot breakfast and more.

 

To learn more about this business, please click here.  


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