By BRIAN GRAVES
The gavel was passed Tuesday night as the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce inaugurated a new chairman of the board.Kevin Moore of Wayward Financial Partners was welcomed to his new role by …
The gavel was passed Tuesday night as the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce inaugurated a new chairman of the board.
Kevin Moore of Waypoint Financial Partners was welcomed to his new role by outgoing chairman Roger Pickett of Murmaid Mattress, Inc. during the Chamber’s 92nd annual meeting hosted at Life Care Center’s newly renovated Professional Development Center.
In his baccalaureate address chairman, Pickett said the organization could not rest on the successes of the past year.
“There is a long list of accomplishments this Chamber has done and is doing for the community we all live and work in,” Pickett said.
He noted the decrease in the unemployment rate and becoming the eighth fastest growing metropolitan area in the country among the long list of recognitions the area has received over the past 12 months.
“We have 22 active projects evaluating locations here representing a potential investment of $1 billion and that’s 2,900 new jobs,” Pickett said. “We probably haven’t seen anything yet with the continued investment in the Spring Branch Industrial Park.”
He also recognized the equally long list of civic and community activities which are supported the Chamber such as the Allied Arts Council and the annual job shadowing program.
“Although the list of accomplishments is long, I caution all not to think we are where we want to be yet,” Pickett said.
Moore thanked all of the business leaders for supporting the community through the Chamber of Commerce.
“If you haven’t been in the Chamber board room, I would encourage you to wander in there sometime and take a look,” he said.
“The pictures of all of the prior Chambers, dating back to 1925, hang on the wall of that board room,” Moore said. “I spent a few moments there a couple of weeks ago just looking through that list and in awe of some of the names of people I never met. But, their reputations laid the foundations for this community.”
He recalled when his family made the decision to move to Cleveland.
“We found a great school system, a great community, a strong values system built boldly on Biblical principals and a thriving business community,” Moore said. “When I joined the Chamber in 2003, I quickly became aware that all of those things that made Cleveland so attractive to us, the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce through its influence and efforts, deserves much of the credit for the quality of life we enjoy today.”
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