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Joint chamber task force half-way there

by Sally J. Taylor

The formation of a joint chamber task force moved forward on Tuesday with the unanimous approval of an organizational structure by the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will look at the proposal on Thursday during its board of directors meeting.

The two chambers, one on each side of the state line, have for several months discussed the task force as a more formal way to address issues of interest to the entire South Shore community.

“There’s interest and willingness on the part of both chambers to address common issues,” said Pat Atherton, the Tahoe-Douglas chamber president elect.

Although many businesses are members of both chambers, each tends to maintain a different style and internal focus, especially on political issues.

If the proposal is approved by the South Lake Tahoe chamber, the six-member task force would consist of the past president from each chamber, the president-elect from each chamber, a representative from the Tahoe-Douglas Key Players and one from the South Lake Tahoe Ambassadors. After the first year, to maintain continuity, one representative will continue for a second year. That carry-over seat will alternate between each chamber.

“We want to keep the group as small as possible,” Atherton said. “Smaller groups tend to accomplish more.”

Atherton, Past-President Brian Williams and Key Player and staff-member Shiela Stanton would be the Tahoe-Douglas representatives to the task force.

The joint chamber task force is expected to single out three issues for discussion and possible action during the first year: the feasibility of a dual Tahoe-Douglas/South Lake Tahoe chamber membership; law enforcement and public safety problems on the Fourth of July; and the possibility of job fairs in spring and summer.

In another cooperative step, a link between the Internet websites of each chamber is expected to be created in the near future.

In other business:

Chamber Executive Director Kathleen Farrell invited board members to schedule shifts at the Visitors Center in Round Hill “to see what the constant visitor contact is like and … that the center does what we want it to do.”

The scheduled presentation on the Prim Project was canceled because project manager Dave Fairbanks was unable to attend the meeting.

The Tahoe-Douglas Visitors Center could relocate to the project, but it would take about two years at the earliest, Farrell said.

The next meeting of the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is scheduled Sept. 9. For more information, call the chamber at (702) 588-4591.

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