The departure of John Long as Chamber Chairman comes at an opportune time and presents the Chamber with an opportunity to become more affective in the community at large. John Long may have met his goals but I’ll bet there are a lot of small downtown businesses and City wide residents that think the goals weren’t on target in the first place. A large well heeled membership with their own special interests at heart doesn’t really serve the community at large. About the only time I saw John Long was when was at City Council pushing for something to benefit downtown. Seems like the Chamber’s interest stops somewhere just east of 16th Street.
Let’s hope the more community minded members of the Chamber get out the binoculars and look west. I have a suggestion for Chairman, how about Jeff Knight. Now there’s a guy with some vision.