Thursday, February 07, 2002

Group reports business booming

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — Despite a down national economy, officials of the Mid-Miami Valley Chamber of Commerce say interest and membership is up. And so is optimism for the future.

        Nearly 300 business, community and political leaders attended the chamber's annual dinner in Middletown last week, and many spoke of a coming economic rebound.

        “Last year was really a great year for us,” said chamber President David Daugherty. “We now have more than 600 members.”

        The organization represents businesses from Middletown, Monroe and Trenton and other northeast Butler and northwest Warren communities.

        Dan Sack, chairman of the board, said priorities for the chamber include the extension of Ohio 63, which he described as having “the potential to be a major east-west transportation corridor in Butler County,” and the work of the Middletown Economic Development Corp., whose efforts in 2001 helped create 130 jobs and almost $3.8 million in investments in the city.

        Among the annual chamber award winners was recently retired Monroe Mayor Elbert Tannreuther, whose 28 years of council and mayoral leadership helped Monroe become a booming small city. Mr. Tannreuther won the chamber's Outstanding Service Award for 2001.

        AK Steel Corp. won the 2001 Community Service Award for community, volunteer and charitable work.


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