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**Elmore County Food Pantry is moving from their Company Street address to West Boundary Street near Coosa River Parkway as of February 5th, 2015.


Click Here for our list of members:

http://wetumpkachamber.chambermaster.com/list/



Chamber's Mailing Address has changed:

 

Please send all correspondence to

110 East Bridge Street

Wetumpka, AL 36092

Our PO Box has been closed. Thank you!

 

 

Elmore County Museum Hours:

Closed for Winter

Open Fridays and Saturdays Beginning in April

10 AM - 3PM,

Other Hours Open by Appt. Only

Mike Hinson, Elmore County Historical Society President

Kathleen Holt, Elmore County Museum Curator

Call: (334) 300-2085 for More Information

 

 Local Author's Book Corner

Available Monday - Friday 9 AM - 4:30 PM at the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce 110 East Bridge Street, one block from the Bibbs Graves Bridge in historic downtown Wetumpka.


To view information on books by local authors, please visit our publications page:

 http://www.wetumpkachamber.com/publications.html




Pardon Our Progress... Exciting update on the Chamber's downtown construction project start date and IMPACT Wetumpka Campaign.



January 2nd, 2014


IMPACT WETUMPKA, a strategic capital campaign for the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce designed to target, preserve and transform our aging, at-risk city block in the heart of historic downtown into a pathway for our future. 

 

Campaign Goals and Accomplishments

This year your chamber raised $1.4 Million in pledges through an 8 month capital campaign conducted with the help of the WACC Board of Directors, staff and volunteers and Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, to protect and preserve the structural integrity of our existing Chamber building while adding much needed office space, conference and training facilities through a restoration and expansion project.

 

Through this initiative, not only will revitalization begin as an integral part of an active historic scenic and commercial area downtown, but new businesses will be created, more opportunities added and population growth will be enhanced in the Wetumpka, Elmore County and River Region.

 

Plans for the Chamber expansion of East Bridge and Hill Street include a Business Center with ADA accessibility, additional office space, sufficient restroom facilities, meeting and classrooms, distance learning capabilities and a business incubator to support and nurture our local entrepreneurs.

 

Economic Benefits

Construction Phase- IMPACT WETUMPKA will have a one-time effect of generating $1.7 million additional dollars flowing through our local economy.

Targeted Business- Located close to Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex, home to the AF Business and Enterprise Systems headquarters, many of these employees live in Elmore County and are interested in starting their own IT companies. The Business Development Center will focus on recruiting and nurturing these start-up companies and will offer:

  • Business support and training facility
  • Distance learning capabilities
  • Business incubator targeting IT and other startup companies
  • Classrooms and meeting rooms


Construction Phase One - Targeted start date for construction is January 7th, 2015.

 

We feel confident that we went above and beyond, making every attempt possible to preserve two severely deteriorated buildings located at 107 & 109 Court Street. Unfortunately, due to years of water damage the cost to stabilize the buildings far outweighed their current and likely future value. In depth engineering and architectural planning indicated restoring these buildings would have cost well over $1 Million.

 

The decision was made after much discussion with key investors that the most fiscally responsible use of funds would be to mitigate the health and safety risks as well as blight through the demolition of these unsafe and swiftly deteriorating structures. We will be working closely with our Wetumpka Police and Fire Department throughout the process of construction to ensure all necessary precautions are taken for our neighbors downtown.

 

Our greatest desire and goal for this project has been to revitalize our historic downtown and create more opportunity for business and economic growth. We strongly believe this decision best supports that goal. We welcome all of our investors to stay engaged and involved with their thoughts, ideas and feedback throughout this process.

 

We are so proud of how far we have come and are looking forward to where we will go, together.

 

Sincerely,

 

Vanessa Lynch

Executive Director

Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce

 


2012 - 2015 WACC Annual Report and Plan of Action

Annual Report and Plan of Action

 

 

Downtown Redevelopment Plan

Wetumpka Downtown Redevelopment Plan

 

Would your business withstand a disaster? Prepare now with Planning, Testing & Implementation Procedures for your business from ready.gov:

http://www.ready.gov/business/

 

Online Business Counseling & Training from the SBA.

Free Information on how to Start, Finance, and Manage a Business:

http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/counseling-training

 

Area Job Opportunities:

http://www.wetumpkachamber.com/job-opportunities.html

 

Visit our Survey Page & Voice your Opinion!

http://www.wetumpkachamber.com/surveys.html

 

 

 

 

News Releases

Wetumpka Chamber Events


 

Click here for the Chamber's monthly calendar

 

Click here for all Community Events




Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce





FEB. 20 - APRIL 18- Crater Art Exhibit "When Dinosaurs Roamed"

Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial Gallery,

City Administrative Building

408 S. Main Street, Wetumpka



 Wetumpka Impact Crater Van Tours

Friday March 6th - Students

Saturday, March 7th - General Public

9 AM, 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Wetumpka Civic Center

Reservations $20 Adults

Children up to 12 yrs old $10

For reservations: call Donna Carboni

(334) 567-5147


Impact Crater Lecture by Dr. King

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

7:00 PM

Wetumpka Civic Center

410 S. Main Street, Wetumpka

Free



The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce has a very exciting day planned for Wetumpka! Music, Free Kidz Zone, Art Exhibits, Craft & Food Vendors, and much more!!
Free Festival begins at 2:00 PM  in Gold Star Park
2:00-5:00 PM Crater Tours

For more information on our festival, please visit our Craterfest webpage.



Wetumpka Craterfest and Crater Crawl 5k & Glow-In-the-Dark Run


Download Sponsor Packet Here


Crater Crawl 5k & Glow in the Dark Fun Run

Friday April 17th
Gold Star Park
5:00 PM Registration
7:00 PM 5k Run

Wetumpka Craterfest
Saturday April 18th
2-7 PM
Gold Star Park

We are excited to announce the 2015 Lineup for Wetumpka Craterfest! 
Sponsorships are available and range in cost from $250- $5,000. Volunteer opportunities also available.


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50th Anniversary

Commemorating the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March

Events Scheduled for Feb - March - See complete List here:

http://dreammarcheson.com/#Home





 

Upcoming Events

Wetumpka Chamber Challengers

 

CHAIRMAN CIRCLE

 - Central Alabama Electric Cooperative

 - City of Wetumpka

 - Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino & Hotel

 - Jackson Thornton & Co.

 - River Bank and Trust

 

KEYSTONE LEVEL

 - Costco Wholesale

 - The Wetumpka Herald

 - Productive I.T.

 - McQuick Printing Company

 - Century 21 Brandt Wright Realty

 

CATALYST LEVEL

 - Adams Drugs

 - ASE Credit Union

 - BB&T

 - Baptist Health

 - Collier Ford

 - Dairy Queen

 - First Community Bank of Central Alabama

 - Guardian Credit Union

 - Information Transport Solutions, Inc.

 - PrimeSouth Bank

 - Sam's Club

 - State Farm Insurance / Keyesta Sherman Agency

 - TTL, Inc.

 - Wells Fargo 

 

Become a Challenger >

 



We are pleased to introduce a new program to allow members to support the Chamber at a 110% level.   

We invite our members to become a 110% Chamber Supporter. When members voluntarily contribute an extra 10% over their annual investment amount, it is a testimonial to the business community of their support of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce in serving the needs of its members, as well as promoting business growth in Wetumpka and the surrounding areas.  Our 110% Chamber Supporters receive special recognition on the Chamber website and selected events throughout the year.  So, these members not only help to promote their business, but also help the Chamberís role in promoting Wetumpka.


110% Supporters have invested 110% in the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce. Please Patronize their businesses!



All About Repairs, LLC

Rev. Ben Alford

All About Repairs, LLC

Always Money

Bob Britton

Bryson Veterinary Clinic

Collier Ford

Dunn & Schreiber Orthodontics

John Enslen

D.C. & Dot Franklin

Gassett Funeral Home

Ken Hammock

Rep. Mike Holmes

Hotel Solutions

Reneau & Thornton

Rebecca Thornton

Judy Ruffer

Marion Sanford

State Farm Insurance Keyesta Sherman Agency

Supreme Lending

Unplugged, Inc.



Chamber Board Meeting Schedule:

All Board Meetings are the 4th Thursday of the Month at Noon at The Wetumpka Civic Civic Center Board Room unless otherwise noted with an asterisk.



   

WACC CHAMBER BOARD MEETING DATES

1/22/15 - Board Retreat @ Whitewater Ridge Clubhouse

No Board Meeting in Feb.

3/26/15  Noon     Civic Center Board Room

4/23/14  Noon     Civic Center Board Room

5/20/15  11:30    Spring Quarterly Luncheon  @     Civic Center

5/28/15   Noon     Civic Center Board Room

*6/18/15  Noon     Civic Center Board Room

7/23/15   Noon      Civic Center Board Room

8/13/15   11:30      Summer Quarterly Luncheon @ Civic Center

8/20/15   Noon       Civic Center Board Room

9/24/15   Noon       Civic Center Board Room

10/22/15  Noon       Civic Center Board Room

11/18/15  11:30       Fall Quarterly Luncheon         @ Civic Center

*11/19/15  Noon      Civic Center Board Room

*12/17/15  Noon      Civic Center Board Room

 

 *Board Meetings fall on the 4th Thursday of each month, but in months of holidays or conflicts with special events, board meetings will be moved to the 3rd Thursday of the month.



 

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