2019-2020 Program of Work


Message from our Chairman

I want to thank you for

allowing me to serve as the Chair

of the Russellville Area Chamber

of Commerce for 2019. It is an

honor, and I will work hard with

you to continue to build a better


First and most importantly,

I want to thank Adam Anderson

for implementing a new

organizational structure aimed at

chamber member participation.

The new Program of Work

structure followed by ten months

of hard work qualified our

chamber to receive accreditation

from the United States Chamber

of Commerce. This prestigious

recognition is only held by five

other chambers in the state. This

is a major accomplishment and

highlight of the 2018 year.

There were the seven new

councils formed, of which four

of them were very active in 2018.

They are Governmental Affairs,

Leadership, Member Services, and

Programs and Events. In 2019 we

will start up the three remaining

councils established but not


ignited because of time restraints

in accomplishing the chamber

accreditation goal.

Major emphasis this year

will be placed on Quality of Place,

Business Retention and Expansion,

and Education. Quality of

Place implementation and

accomplishment will be a major

focus for 2019. I can assure you

that the Quality of Place Council

will be at the forefront in helping

our community be more profitable

and to have a better quality of life.

I want to personally thank

the willingness of the seven

council chairs for undertaking

the leadership responsibilities of

the new councils. They are: Chip

Blanchard, First State Bank, Dr.

Mark Gotcher, Russellville School

District, Andy McNeill, Denali

Water Solutions, Steve Mallett,

City Corporation, Tonya Oates,

Turning Point Adult Behavioral

Health, Kylia Stewart, Arkansas

Tech, Brad Allen, McDonalds,

Adam Anderson, Nationwide, and

Todd Sweeden, Sweeden Florist.

I am enthusiastic about

our new emphasis on Quality of

Place and Business Retention

and Expansion. Work Force

Development will be the

cornerstone of the Business

Retention and Expansion under

the guidance of Dr. Mark Gotcher,

Russellville School District and

Mark Clark, Rockline.

We look forward to

adding the chamber’s resources

of staff and financial support

to compliment the Russellville

Regional Alliance for Economic

Development, which had a very

good year in 2018.

We should be thankful that

Russellville is an excellent product

for the chamber to market and

continually improve.

Joe Wolfe


2019 Chairman of the Board

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