The Effingham Chamber of Commerce is going forward on plans to spruce up the county’s gateways.
The Chamber has entered into a contract with EMC Engineering and is expected to get that back at the end of the month, Executive Director Ken Stoner told Effingham Industrial Development Authority members at their May meeting.
The Chamber will hold its annual meeting Thursday night at Effingham County High School, and board members held a retreat in early May.
“It was a very good exercise to look at where the Chamber has been, where we are going and where we need to be,” Stoner said.
The Chamber also is continuing its thrust into entrepreneurship after Effingham County was awarded the entrepreneur friendly designation in March.
“That has been going very well,” Stoner said. “Our plans for the business development center are going forward. That project looks good.”
The gateways project may help entice visitors and businesses to the area.
“We feel like we’ve done a good job with our members,” Stoner said. “But we need to do a better job of marketing our community to others.”
The Chamber will be sponsoring the Leadership Effingham class for the 11th consecutive year, Stoner said, and is putting together plans for the annual community retreat in August.
“We’re moving forward, and we look forward to another good year,” he said.