Chamber unveils new logo

The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday an update to its visual identity to better reflect the organization’s mission statement and help combat misperceptions.

The new Chamber logo is an evolution of the organization’s previous logo (itself an update of an earlier design). Although the graphic and colors remain the same and the typeface is similar, the text emphasizes the words “Garrett County Chamber of Commerce” rather than “Deep Creek Lake Area.”

Understanding the importance of Maryland’s largest inland body of water, the new logo still proudly proclaims “Home of Deep Creek Lake.”

“The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present our newly worded logo,” said Andrew Fike, chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors.“We, as a board, feel this new logo better represents all Garrett County businesses.

“It’s a small, but meaningful, change,” said Nick Sharps, membership development manager for the Chamber. “We are excited to move forward under this new logo and recommit ourselves to organizing, supporting and representing Garrett County’s business community.”

Kendall Ludwig, president & principal designer of local web and graphic design firm CurlyRed Inc., completed the work on the project.

Chamber Gives Awards At Annual Member Dinner

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Jun. 17, 2010

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership meeting and dinner on Thursday, June 3, at Pine Lodge Steakhouse. Entertainment was provided by DJ Jonny Rock, and the Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and Chamber President’s Award were given.

Michael James Delligatti won the Heise Award, presented by last year’s winner, Bill Meagher. Delligatti first conceived of the Big Mac’s formulation and opened the first McDonald’s in western Pennsylvania. He is the owner of Arrowhead Market, Garrett 8 Cinemas, Uno Chicago Grill, and the Honi Honi. Delligatti’s son received the award on his father’s behalf.

Winners of the Heise Award must have originated and developed a business from inception, shown a willingness to take risks, shown community involvement, held high ethical standards, and demonstrated leadership by overcoming a formidable problem that threatened a business’ existence, according to a Chamber spokesperson.

Award winners must also have shown business acumen through embarking on a creative, insightful, or overlooked opportunity that will make an important contribution to Garrett County’s business environment through substantive community impact, according to the spokesperson.

The Heise Award Committee, comprising of previous winners, selects three nominees to be voted on by the general chamber membership. Past honorees include Jonathan “Smiley” Kessler, Bill Sisler, Olen Beitzel, Johnny Marple, Barry Rush, Dave Demaree, Brenda McDonnell, and Bill Meagher.

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Myers Inducted Into Chamber Hall Of Fame

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Apr. 29, 2010

Karen Myers, president of Recreational Industries Inc., the firm which owns and operates Wisp Resort, and president of Mountaineer Log & Siding Company Inc., was one of three Marylanders formally inducted last night into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Maryland Business Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport and attended by an estimated 500 of the state’s top business leaders.
Myers is the first Western Maryland business leader to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which now includes 32 members. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize entrepreneurs and business executives whose contributions have helped advance the quality of life for Marylanders and improve the state’s business climate.

Myers, who represents the 10th generation of her family in Garrett County, is a member of a number of boards and organizations, including the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Garrett County Board of Realtors, Garrett County Development Corporation, and Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, on most of which she has served as a director and/or officer. She was twice named to the Daily Record’s Maryland’s Top 100 Women, and was selected Garrett County Woman of the year and Garrett County Employer of the Year. She is an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Oakland, and of the Garrett Community Concert Band.

“It is my high honor to accept this recognition on behalf of my partners at Wisp, Steve Richards and Gary Daum; the Wisp management team; and our 125 year-round employees and 700 seasonal employees,” Myers said in her acceptance speech. “We’re in the ‘fun’ business, and it is our goal to generate smiles on [the faces of] each of our customers. It is not a one-person show; it is a team…

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Garrett County Chamber of Commerce – Deep Creek Lake

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is a vital mechanism here at Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County. They provide a vast amount of resources for local business to thrive & advertise, as well as allow visitors and locals alike to plan new and exciting adventures. The Chamber of Commerce is located at Deep Creek Lake, beside my real estate office at Railey Realty.

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Visitor Info
The multitude of activities in Garrett County & the Deep Creek Lake area is as endless as the mountains in which they’re nestled. From extreme adventure to total relaxation, casual nightlife to fine dining, there’s something fun in store for everyone—anytime of the year!

View vistas that inspire renowned photographers; traverse river banks with exciting falls or enjoy the gentle rock of your boat on Deep Creek Lake. Few destinations along the East Coast offer such a variety of seasonal outdoor activities, attractions and accommodations!

Visitor Info Links
Keep Garrett Green!
Getting Here

Did You Know?
Licenses & Boat Registration

Local Weather
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Push continues for North/South Highway


Cumberland Times-News

As chambers of commerce, our organizations all share a common mission to enhance the business environment and serve as engines for economic growth.

While each chamber operates independently and develops its own business-focused agenda, we have recently identified a singular issue that is of critical importance to each of our counties — the North/South Appalachian Highway.

This key transportation corridor is defined as Route 219 North, linking Garrett County, Md., to Somerset County, Pa., and Route 220 South, connecting Allegany County to Mineral County, W.Va. Bridging these two highways is Interstate 68, which has already proven to be a significant contributor to the economic vitality of our region.

Our shared interest in developing a viable north/south transportation corridor to compliment I-68 reflects an understanding of the positive effects that such intersecting highway systems have on business development.

New businesses mean new jobs and a renewed sense of economic prosperity.

Nearly a year ago, The Greater Cumberland Committee identified the North/South Appalachian Highway as an important economic development tool and determined that its advancement would be their No. 1 priority.

Since that time, our chambers have joined their efforts and have served as county-specific engines of progress on this highway. With well over 100 other businesses and organizations, we have worked together through the North/South Appalachian Highway Coalition to champion this project and together we have overcome significant hurdles and achieved key successes.

Building a major transportation corridor does not happen overnight, but the actions that have been taken over the past 12 months have renewed the commitment to its successful completion. We believe that 2010 will be equally as productive.

On behalf of the hundreds of businesses we represent, we will continue to be active participants in advancing the North/South Appalachian Highway.

Ron Aldom, Somerset County (Pa.)

Joyce Bishoff, Garrett County

Kolin Jan, Allegany County

Anne Palmer, Mineral County (W.Va.)

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GC Chamber To Host Sessions On Marcellus Shale

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GC Chamber To Host Sessions On Marcellus Shale

Jan. 21, 2010

An educational program titled “Your Business & Marcellus Shale: Voices of Experience” will be held on Wednesdays – Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, and Feb. 17 –beginning at 8 a.m. in Garrett College’s Continuing Education building, Room 224.
Hosted by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, the 90-minute sessions are being offered to help entrepreneurs and established small- and medium-sized businesses understand and respond to Marcellus shale-related business opportunities.
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