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Chambers face major decision

April 24, 2012
The Leader Herald

Members of the Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce are facing a major decision this week: whether to merge.

If members approve the merger, the new chamber would have 1,400 members and be called the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the Fulton County chamber can vote in person at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown at 4 p.m. Thursday. Montgomery County chamber members have until 2 p.m. to cast their votes in person at that chamber's office in the Riverfront Center in Amsterdam. Both chambers also are allowing their members to vote by proxy.

A 10 percent turnout of each chamber's membership is required for the vote to count, and a majority of the voters in each chamber must approve the merger to pass it.

Ten percent is a low percentage. We encourage all members to get involved with this important decision and cast their votes.

Advocates of the merger say the bigger chamber would be stronger and more effective, and would help improve local economic development. Some members of both chambers have expressed concerns about whether smaller businesses would lose their voice in the bigger chamber.

We've heard valid points for and against the merger. That's why it's imperative for members to cast their votes. The membership shouldn't allow a small percentage to make the decision.



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