Newtown Chamber merges with Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce

Posted: Jul 19, 2022 7:00 AM

Effective September 1, the Newtown Chamber of Commerce, Inc. will cease operations as a stand-alone organization and merge with the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce to better serve local member businesses. The merger spells the death knell for the local organization, which served the community exclusively for decades.

According to a letter to chamber members regarding the merger, “The decision to come together was not taken lightly, but in the current environment it is important to have scale and an eye for future growth. of our sectors of activity.

“It is in this spirit that the boards of directors of the two chambers have entered into a dialogue over the past year which has concluded with the proposed rapprochement of the chambers,” the letter states.

Under the leadership of PJ Prunty, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce “will continue its long tradition of serving the Greater Danbury region and will incorporate many of the initiatives and events that were founded by the Newtown Chamber of Commerce,” the letter states.

These include events such as Martini Madness, a golf tournament, ribbon cuttings and local networking events. As members come together, all will benefit from expanded programs, including potential community events throughout the year.

The letter states that members “will be key to the transition”, and it is in this spirit that the current dues structure will be grandfathered for a period of 24 months. The Board will review the dues structure for all members over the next year and communicate the changes to the combined members once finalized.

Notices of assessment will continue to be sent by Newtown Chamber until August 1, when they will be distributed on Greater Danbury Chamber’s letterhead with instructions for payment.

Prunty said in a separate statement that “As we come together to go further, our goal remains to be a one-stop-shop for our member companies and to deliver value in the form of networking events large and small, educational, workforce and leadership opportunities. development and many other value-added benefits.

“Greater Danbury’s economy continues to be the leader in many metrics and this step only strengthens our regional economy,” Prunty continued. “The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce currently serves the greater Danbury community, including the 10 towns of Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sherman, Redding, Ridgefield and Brewster, New York. The Chamber strives to support local and regional economic development efforts, advocates for our members, encourages business investment in our region and greater regional cooperation.

Prunty said the chamber’s work program and legislative platform “are focused on ensuring the strength and competitive advantage of our member companies and the region.”

“With guidance from the House Legislative Council, our key policy initiatives this year have been at the forefront of House advocacy efforts, including transportation, including active lobbying for improvements on the I -84, which include major improvements to this crucial transportation corridor such as the widening and realignment of exit and entrance ramps and improved rail service,” said Prunty. “Through our partnership with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, we have focused on workforce development initiatives, including encouraging initiatives to increase the availability of skilled workers through the establishment of a number of committees to identify priorities, programs on-the-job training, workers holding training and services for our emerging populations.

Prunty said that in partnership with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, the Chamber is the lead sponsor of the Northwest Connecticut Healthcare Sector Partnership. Convening healthcare industry leaders from across the region helps identify opportunities and actions needed to promote the growth of their sector. This approach builds on similar efforts across the country that are delivering real results for businesses, job seekers and regional economies.

To learn more, visit nextgensectorpartnerships.com. Additionally, the Chamber is a co-convener of the Northwest Connecticut Manufacturing Partnership.

“Our economy is only as strong as our businesses and our workforce. By working together as a region, we can strengthen and grow our community,” Prunty said.

Judith Miller, President of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce, said “Danbury offers an exceptional long-term vision for the business community as a whole while recognizing Newtown’s successful local business owners and consumers.”

“Coming together with GDCC will support our current mission and enable the expansion of our members who wish to reach surrounding areas, as well as participate in beneficial networking and educational events,” Miller said.

A joint launch event is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 at Market Place Kitchen & Bar-Newtown. Chamber members can RSVP to [email protected] by August 5.

Associate Editor Jim Taylor can be reached at [email protected]

Judith Miller, President of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce, informed members this week that the local organization is ceasing operations as a stand-alone agency and merging with the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce effective September 1.

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