The 2020 Board of Directors for the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce is energized and excited about the new year. The board held an all day Board Retreat on January 9th to set the goals and focus areas for 2020. This was the first session of its kind in several years. This year, the Board has chosen to focus on the following areas:
Increase our Tax B
Understand how we can become a more “Business friendly” community
Support Existing Businesses – extend shoulder season (September, January – March)
Visitors and Tourists
Understand who is coming and how we keep them coming back (right events/right services).
Increase activities during shoulder season to extend our tourist season
Continue to provide high value events to the community (attract “investor” level visitors).
Diversify the Chamber’s revenue streams so that they are not so event dependent
Membership - find new value propositions like insurance offerings, training, and investment level packages.
By narrowing our focus for the year to a manageable set of goals, we hope to make significant headway in these areas. There is already creative work being done in the area. The Chamber is working with the local governments of the Town of Lake Lure, Chimney Rock Village, Rutherford County, Rumbling Bald and the TDA. Be on the lookout for information about all of our events and activities on our website, social media on our Facebook page, and our email blasts. 2020 will be a busy but successful year.