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Economic Development from the Executive Director, Boyd Palmer

As we head into the depth of summer and await the falling leaves and coolness of fall, economic development continues. Whether or not you consider the repaving of LaSalle and Columbus street, the sprucing up Washington park, the refresh of the downtown flower beds, the new directional signage, the re-watering of the I&M Canal, the new Anthony Place senior apartment complex, the city’s infrastructure upgrades, new YMCA project and much more, Economic Development, you should. These are items that site finders pay close attention to when considering a community for locating their company. That said, we are responding to an increased number of site requests since our last letter. ead more...
Mark your calendars for the 19th Annual Golf Outing Classic on Friday, September 6th at Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Club. Now is the time to get your teams together and register, space is limited! Entry fee is $100 per person and includes, lunch and dinner, soda and water, course games and prizes. Don't want to golf but still would like to support the event? We are looking for sponsors and we have a variety of options to help you market your business and support the Chamber. Raffle prizes are needed for our U-pick raffle, contact Megan or Kristal to donate.

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The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce AMBASSADORS have had a busy summer with Ribbon Cuttings at Silas Parker - Edward Jones, Holiday Inn Express,
Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation and Rosati's.
The group, with some help from the littlest Ottawa Ambassadors,
walked the Riverfest Parade on Sunday handing out candy.
About 600 people enjoyed Welcomeburger on Wednesday, July 31st. We had beautiful weather, delicious food by The Cheese Shop, cold drinks, fantastic music by Trophies for Tryin' and super volunteers! Thank you to everyone who sponsored, donated, volunteered and attended the 54th Annual Welcomeburger!

  • August 10, 4-7 pm, ONYX (Ottawa Network of Young eXecutives) 10 Year Reunion, Heritage Harbor
  • August 29, 5-7 pm, Ottawa Pavilion Business After Hours
  • September 6, 19th Annual Golf Outing Classic at Senica's Oak Ridge, click here to register.
  • September 9-13, Chamber of Commerce Week, be on the lookout for fun activities!
  • September 10, 4-5 pm, Join State Representative Lance Yednock for a Q&A Session, 807 Building, upper level
  • September 26, 5-7 pm, Pleasant View Business After Hours

Reminder! Our Farmers Market is every Saturday, 8 am - 12:30 pm, Jackson Street
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