Danville and Alamo chambers merge

Consolidated Chamber will have over 700 businesses

Two local business associations will merge by the year's end with the hope of proving a stronger voice for local business throughout the region.

On Dec. 1, the Alamo Chamber of Commerce (ACC) will merge with the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce to create a unified chamber, which will retain the name Danville Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) and be located in the Danville offices at 117-E Town & Country Drive. The consolidation will bring 700 businesses together for "synergistic benefits...enhanced resources, additional networking opportunities."

"The executive committees of both organizations have worked diligently to do what is best for the Alamo business community," said ACC Chairman Sharon Schuyler. "We have always worked closely with the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and feel that this move will broaden our members' ability to prosper."

The existing DACC Board of Directors will be the governing body upon final consolidation, and its president/CEO and staff will provide day-to-day management. During its year-end board election process, the nominating committee of the DACC board will nominate at least two representatives from the ACC to join in 2014.

"We are excited to bring more Alamo businesses into our organization; the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce promotes commerce in our entire region and the addition of our Alamo business colleagues provides greater opportunity for everyone involved," said Tom Hart, DACC chairman.

A release stated that the chambers are not merging for financial reasons and are "financially strong, with a tradition of responsible budgeting and meeting or exceeding net revenue goals." Rather, the chambers aim to offer a broader range of services and centralized business resources.

"This larger and stronger presence will be used to more effectively champion the assets of the region and promote greater economic development while maintaining a high quality of life," the release continued. "Members will also have access to more networking opportunities in a variety of settings and give them greater access to business leaders from throughout the region."

The consolidated chamber will combine programming from each existing chambers, while adding new events as the needs of members evolve. Signature events such as the DACC Business Showcase and culinary events, the Aloha Golf Classic and the June Fine Arts Fair and Fall Crafts Festival will continue, as well as economic development events, business advisory seminars and public policy forums.

The Alamo business community will also be included in DACC's annual business outreach walk in May 2014, with the resulting survey results being communicated to Alamo's Municipal Advisory Council and the county Board of Supervisors. Additionally, the consolidated chamber plans to begin a scholarship program for local high school students, similar to ACC's successful scholarship program.

ACC members in good standing as of the consolidation date will automatically become members of the new xhamber through June 30, 2014, after which they will be eligible for renewal at the DACC membership rate on July 1, 2014. Those who hold dual memberships as of the date of consolidation shall be refunded the pro-rata portion of dues paid to ACC from the consolidation date through June 30, 2014. This refund will come in the form of a credit that will be deducted from the member's next membership renewal fee.

For more information, call DACC President Shelby McNamara at 837-4400.


Posted by Patriot, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Oct 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

Patriot is a registered user.

Uh-oh! Did anyone ask Julia Pardini from Alamo about this merger?! I think she may object!

Posted by tom, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

perhaps julia should comment. alamo's elite chamber which really never was a chamber name only just one question which julia may overlook what business in alamo is the so called spokes person running and what is the location? just anoter step for danville to encrouch on alamo [see hap mcgee park]

Posted by Julia Pardini, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

Yes, I object .. it is just another ploy for power grab by Danville businesses.

I may not understand much about business, society, civic awareness but this much I know, I am "Julia Pardini from beautiful Alamo"

Julia Pardini from Alamo

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

Oh My God... Dear Patriot, I sure do object. I can not believe the good people in the Alamo Chamber were suckered in to be a part of the crazy Danville Chamber. Oh well, I guess you can not trust anyone anymore.

By the dear Patriot, I didn't you can be a resident in a high school. What do you do, live in their basement?

Thank you dear Patriot for letting those folks know that Julia Pardini is watching. And Tom,I would suggest you get your facts in line before you make a fool out of yourself again.

In closing, I would like to express and appreciate the recognition you both are giving me.

I know there are many more listening to me but may be too shy to comment.

I am really disappointed about this merger...I will take it up with the Alamo Chamber general members and the so called leaders of our Chamber.

Thank you for listening, Julia Pardini from beautiful Alamo.

Also by the way, just one silly mistake doesn't mean Alamo is going down hill...But if it participates in additional crazy merger's relating to Danville it surely will be the start of Alamo on a slippery slope.

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