Chamber to hold more meetings, create smaller board, emphasize economic development

The Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County is making changes that include a smaller board of directors, holding more meetings and focusing greatly on economic redevelopment.

According to a CBICC release Wednesday, the board of directors will be cut from the maximum 29 to 18 members, while holding monthly meetings instead of every other month. Also, the chamber will focus on three primary components of economic development: entrepreneurship, retention and expansion, and recruitment.

CBICC President Vern Squier said at a meeting last week the changes would allow the chamber to better serve the needs of its members and investors while strengthening its economic development program.

“These changes in size and meeting frequency will emphasize involvement and commitment from the board, which will represent and capture the energy of our chamber,” Squier said in Wednesday’s statement.

In addition, the CBICC will revamp its existing committees including corporate communications, marketing, recruitment, entrepreneurship, retention and expansion, regional economic development, small business support, municipal managers, workforce development, business environment, infrastructure, membership development, events and air service.