Chamber Corner

Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry will provide a weekly column to the Beat, featuring items and announcements of interest to the community.

This Friday will be a busy day at the Chamber of Commerce. We will start the morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the offices of the Grant County Community Foundation at 10:00 a.m. Although their offices have been located at 1106 North Pope Street in Silver City, New Mexico for a while, there never was an event for the public to stop by and check them out. Well, now you can, so please stop by on Friday – November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Rather than having to search for a street number, the Grant County Community Foundation is located in the old Silver City Office of Sustainability building just south of Gough Park (used to be a gas station). We hope you can come by and meet some of the Grant County Community Foundation Board of Directors and learn what they do for this community.

Then at 6:00 p.m., Friday evening, November 16, the doors open at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center for the annual Grant County Awards Banquet. The cost for Chamber Members is $40.00 each, or a table for eight is $280.00. The cost to non-chamber members is $45.00 each or $320.00 for a table of eight. There are still a few seats left. You can call our office at (575) 538-3785 to purchase tickets.

Tomorrow morning (Thursday), there will be a press conference in the lobby of the Grant County Conference Center. Advanced Air, the company that has been awarded the flight service from Tucson and Albuquerque to the Grant County Airport, will announce their plans for flights to Silver City/Grant County. The press conference begins at 10:00 a.m. The press and the public are invited to attend. This is a good time to meet some of the officials of Advanced Air and hear about the plans to smoothly convert from Boutique Air to Advanced Air’s service. The Grant County Conference Center is located at 3031 Highway 180 East in Silver City, New Mexico.

This Friday, November 9, the Chamber of Commerce will assist with a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the re-Grand Opening Farmers Insurance – Seawolf Agency. Ruth Seawolf and her staff have moved to a new office space at 2005 Highway 180 East – Suite 500 in Silver City. The new office is in the strip center that shares parking spaces with Wrangler Bar & Grill. When you pull into Wrangler’s, just go to the building at the end of the parking lot. The phone numbers, the website address, the email address… they have not changed. It’s just the physical address. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and the open house that begins at 10:00 a.m. this Friday.

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

I have heard people say that they simply might not vote because they are just plain tired of the political attack ads being run by the candidates. Or, they will not vote because they don’t like either of the candidates. Okay, I get it… we are tired of the insane amount of attack ads also… but you’re not going to vote because of the ads? Bad idea! It really is sad that many of the attack ads you see on television, you hear on the radio, you see on social media… well, most of those don’t come from the candidate. They come from Political Action Committees that favor one candidate or party over the other. The candidates usually don’t know anything about the attack ads until they begin playing or they come out in the paper. Although the television stations, radio stations, newspapers, and social media outlets make decent money running the attack ads… the ads themselves are a blight on the political process. Movie Star and Producer Ron Howard was quoted as saying, “Instead of candidates hiring people, like yours truly, to create campaign media that works on both conscious and subconscious levels to sway the voting public, what if all TV ads were, by law, only allowed to feature the candidate, with, say, the American flag as the backdrop, alone, speaking directly to the camera?” We would like that. A candidate simply explaining why people should vote for him or her… that would be nice.

The new interactive, electronic Grant County Map is now available on the homepage of the Silver City Grant County website… www.silvercity.org. You can even download the map as a pdf file, then print it for yourself. You will see the names of advertising sponsors on the left-hand side of the map. Click on a business name and you will immediately be shown where the business is on the Grant County map. We hope to have the paper maps in our Chamber of Commerce office within the next week.

The Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the date of the 2018 Grant County Awards banquet. It will be held on Friday – November 16 at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business & Conference Center in Silver City. Nomination forms are currently available for the following awards:
2018 Grant County Citizen of the Year
2018 Linda K. Jones Humanitarian of the Year
2018 Grant County Volunteer of the Year
2018 Grant County Small Business of the Year
2018 Grant County Large Business of the Year

Let’s get right to the serious items before I discuss the not-so-serious.

As you place your votes this fall, the ballot will have several General Obligation Bonds on it. The first two bonds are for Grant County. The money from these bonds will be used to repair county roads and repair/renovate county assets such as the County Courthouse, Administration Building, and the County Detention Center. As you are probably aware, there are many county roads that need work done to them. We have invested dollars in county buildings, and many of these buildings now need maintenance before the deterioration becomes too great. The Chamber of Commerce recommends that you vote for these General Obligation Bonds for Grant County.

The Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center have teamed up to host the 2018 Grant County Business Expo. The Business Expo will take place next Tuesday – October 16 at the Grant County Business & Conference Center in Silver City.

The kick-off for this year’s Business Expo is a lunch with a guest speaker. The lunch consisting of lasagna, salad, vegetables and dessert will begin at 11:15 a.m. Our guest speaker presentation sponsored by Freeport-McMoRan will begin at 11:30.

This past Saturday, we enjoyed a wonderful day at the Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival. The annual Health Fair was packed. There were lots of vendor booths and several choices of delicious food to eat. The musical entertainment was just that, very entertaining. And this seemed to be a good year for vegetables and fruit. The Granny Smith apples I purchased were excellent. We give two thumbs up to the organizers of this annual event.

On the drive back to Silver City, I decided we would swing by the Fort Bayard National Cemetery. When I moved to Silver City five years ago, the National Cemetery at Fort Bayard had to be the ugliest, worst maintained National Cemetery in America. It was literally just dirt and rocks. The trees were in terrible shape. There were areas through-out the cemetery that were washing away each time we would get a hard rain. Five years ago, this place of honor was very dishonorable. It was really, really bad.

If you are sitting at home in your favorite comfortable chair… or maybe you are at the desk of your office simply scanning today’s news… get really relaxed, because I’m going to ask you a couple of questions.

Have you ever thought about running for public office or volunteering to be a community servant leader? Maybe you could be a coach for a kid’s sports league. Maybe you could volunteer to help at one of Grant County’s many non-profit organizations. Have you considered being an officer of a civic organization or you could serve on a committee at your church? I believe that people wanting to be servant leaders are a special breed of folks.

Yet in today’s world, finding people willing to face the scrutiny and public ridicule from people with opposing views… well, it’s hard to find folks who are willing to step up anymore.

Live from Silver City

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