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Soul-searching for chamber

by Sally J. Taylor

The South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce will engage in a morning of soul-searching Thursday during its annual board of directors planning retreat.

The meeting is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at Tahoe Seasons Resort on the corner of Saddle and Keller roads.

“We’ll be figuring out where we are now,” said Executive Director Duane Wallace, “what our chamber looks like and what it’s supposed to look like; where we want to go next, what is our vision for the next year, for the next five years.”

The meeting will be the first with the gavel in the hands of its newly seated president, Stan Hansen, vice president of governmental affairs for Heavenly Ski Resort.

Hansen has been in the middle of community activities such as transportation and redevelopment. That activism is expected to carry over into his chamber leadership.

“The chamber intends to be proactive and take positions on issues this year as we have in the past, but maybe even more so,” Wallace said.

Hansen was not available Tuesday to discuss the issues at the top of his agenda, but Wallace expects the chamber to work actively in the areas of South Shore redevelopment, the Lake Tahoe Airport and parks and recreation.

Parks and recreation “for our kids, that’s a big, big issue,” Wallace said, referring to efforts to build an ice skating rink and additional fields.

“The chamber will be stating our position and what we’re going to do about it and then do it,” Wallace said.

For more information, call the chamber office at (530) 541-5255.

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