While it may seem like stepping back in time to see Develop North Adams’ metamorphosis into the North Adams Chamber of Commerce, we think it is a wise decision whose time had come.
The area hasn’t seen a city chamber since its last incarnation in 2001, but we are excited to see what it will do for city businesses as it gets off the ground. When people or businesses look to a new location, they often seek the local chamber of commerce as a first step. While the city isn’t gaining population, this local chamber will become an invaluable presence as the city positions itself to thwart that downward trend.
Far from being a referendum on the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce’s work, the formation of the North Adams Chamber is born out of a need to tackle jobs that are simply not the main priorities of the regional chamber. Berkshire Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Supranowicz has said that his organization is concerned first with the needs of the region, and now President of the North Adams Chamber Board Brian Miksic and his group can focus on hyper-local concerns.
What’s more is that with this division of resources also comes the intent to work together. Mr. Miksic and Mr. Supranowicz both have highlighted plans to toil in tandem where needed. There are also plans for the new chamber to team with the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Office of Tourism.
We think these are all the right choices because the city’s commerce needs all the attention it can get, and the area’s business groups need as many team members working in unison as possible.