It has been an honor to serve as the 2009 President for the Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce. I thank all of you for your support and allowing me the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization.
We accomplished many things in 2009. We launched our new website, reestablished our Ambassador Program, sponsored Ironman which brought in over a million dollars in economic revenue to our area, established the monthly business page in the Lake Stevens Journal, collaborated with the school district on promoting the Chamber in the school district calendar, worked with the city and endorsed the concept of one community around the lake which resulted in a successful annexation, and started the ground work for relocating and establishing a new Chamber office and visitor Information Center.
With the economic issues we faced in 2009, I’m sure many are uncertain on what to expect in 2010, however things are starting to look brighter. During our economic downturn, as other communities struggled, we held our own and even prospered. When a store closed, others opened. When the housing market died and lots sat empty, the Navy moved in. We now see our housing market starting to move in a positive direction which is an indicator that better times lay ahead.
I am very confident your Chamber Board will continue to work hard into the future under the leadership of the incoming president Marcus Tageant and we will continue to strive to be the number one community in Snohomish County and the State of Washington.
Once again, it has been an honor to serve as your Chamber President this year. I wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season and best wishes for success in 2010.