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2017 PACP Conference Wrap-Up 
Conference presentation slides are available on the Login section of the PACP website ( Photos of the event can be found on the PACP Facebook page.
Tracy Becker
Tracy Becker Named 2017 Keystone Award Recipient 
Tracy Becker, Executive Director of the Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry, was awarded the Keystone Award for outstanding service by a Chamber of Commerce Executive.  The award was presented at the Awards Ceremony during the 2017 PACP Chamber Professionals & Leadership Conference held at The Park Inn in Clarion, PA on Thursday, October 26, 2017.  The Keystone Award was established in 1963 to recognize outstanding service in, and contributions to, the profession of chamber management in Pennsylvania. It is the highest honor bestowed by PACP, and it is not presented on an annual basis, but only at such times as an individual has merited such recognition. Becker is only the 24th recipient of the award. 

Eight Chamber Professionals Honored with Service Awards
Each year PACP recognizes chamber professionals who have served any five year increment in chamber management.  To qualify, candidates must have been in full-time chamber or chamber-sponsored affiliate management for at least five years, must now be serving in chamber management in Pennsylvania, and must have been a PACP member for at least three consecutive years. P ACP's Service Awards are meant to promote and recognize outstanding chamber service not only to the individual's community but also to their professional association.

The following chamber professionals were recognized for their service:

30 Years of Service
Tracy Becker - Clarion Area Chamber 

20 Years of Service
Joe Hurd - Blair County Chamber
Debra Keefer - Mon Valley Regional Chamber

15 Years of Service
Fred Gaffney - Columbia Montour Chamber

5 Years of Service
Susan Hovanec - Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber
Jeff Shaffer - Central PA Chamber
Abbie Eileen Sholley - Greater Susquehanna Chamber
Jenny Wentz - Greater Susquehanna Chamber
2018 PACP Board of Directors Announced 
PACP announced its 2018 Officers and Directors at the event in Clarion, PA.

Chair - Robert Carl, Jr., Schuylkill Chamber
Chair-Elect - Debra Orner, Greater Johnstown/Cambria County
Treasurer/Corporate Secretary - Kellie Goodman Shaffer, Bedford County 
Immediate Past Chair - Bernard Dagenais, The Main Line Chamber

Board of Directors 
Tracy Becker, Clarion Area Chamber
Fred Gaffney, Columbia Montour Chamber
Michelle Kreutzer, Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber
Christa Lundy, Meadville Area Chamber
Marianne Martelli, Chester County Chamber 
Jennifer Reis, PA Chamber
Brian Schill, Peters Township Chamber 
Vern Squier, Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County
Jim Struzzi, Indiana County Chamber 
Gina Suydam, Wyoming County Chamber

PA Chamber
PA Chamber Pushes Federal Tax Reform, Encourages Participation in Judicial Elections       
Gene Barr, President and CEO
While other countries have worked to improve their competitive edge, the United States has stayed stagnant - leaving many businesses with little choice but to look at other international locations for investment and growth opportunities.  That's why it is so important for Congress to enact what's long overdue - federal tax reform.
Magnificent India!
See the best of North India on this unforgettable 11-day tour - click here for tour details. For more information, contact Harish Shroff at or 647-526-0063.
Central PA Chamber  
The Chamber will be offering their first Manufacturing Tour at Gilson Boards. Tour guests will see snowboards and skis in production, hard working dudes, machines that have been designed and built entirely in-house, and learn how Gilson Board started.
Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership   
Barbara Chaffee will complete her tenure as President and CEO of the Chamber on October 31, 2017. In her role as CFO and Director of Operations, Linda Robbins will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization, and the Board will determine the process for selecting the next President & CEO.
Lawrence County Regional Chamber  
PACP is pleased to welcome Alex McCoy and the Lawrence County Regional Chamber as our newest PACP member.
Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber  
The Chamber is holding the inaugural COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARDS dinner on November 2, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  Designed to recognize individuals who have made a lasting impact on their community and the airport region as a whole, the nominations are made by area municipalities and winners chosen by a panel of judges. The winners will be announced at the dinner, which is open to the public.  
The Chamber is pleased to announce the completion of renovation and expansion of its offices, including a business resource center that includes co-working space and a conference room with break-out space.  Ribbon cutting will be November 17 at 12:00 noon at 850 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Township, with open house following until 5:00 p.m. The renovation and expansion were funded through an RACP grant and a GEDF grant. 
The Chamber for Greater Philadelphia  
Over the past two years, the Chamber has been working with a myriad of economic interests, local Chambers of Commerce, organized labor, and varied professional associations on what is emerging as a modern approach to agenda setting for our Commonwealth. Specifically, we are seeking to build an agenda around the future of Pennsylvania's economic growth to engage candidates of the 2018 gubernatorial and legislative elections.   Grow PA seeks to convene people and organizations throughout Pennsylvania to establish a modern economic growth agenda for the 21st century that transforms post-secondary education, modernizes all facets of our infrastructure, and accelerates the development of innovation in healthcare technology and delivery. On November 15, a statewide coalition of interests will gather to develop an agenda for economic growth to share with policymakers in Harrisburg. For more information, please click here.
The Main Line Chamber  
The Chamber presented the "County Leaders Report," convening government leaders from Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties to discuss major issues, cross-county collaboration and state-funded programs on Friday, October 20, 2017. The program included a special report from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey on the United Nations Impact 2030 Initiative, which sets out to direct corporate volunteers to some of the major issues facing our communities.  

The Chamber will present its annual Red Carpet Dinner on November 7 at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. The event will feature a fireside chat with Dan Hilferty, President & CEO of Independence Blue Cross. Attendees will enjoy a night of cocktails and dinner plus a performance by Fralinger. It's the perfect event to show appreciation for that special client or outstanding employee.
TriCounty Area Chamber
TriCounty Area Chamber 
This program year, the Chamber is collaborating with the YWCA Tri-County Area to offer expanded networking opportunities for both TCACC's Women of the Workforce (WOW) and YWCA's EXCEL Members. The Chamber held the first WOW Luncheon of the year on October 11. Over 60 business professionals attended this luncheon at Brookside Country Club which included a presentation by Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh as she focused on her "Journey from Clinical Medicine to Elected Official."