2020 Chamber News

January 2020

A Message from Kris

I have one wish for you as you embark on 2020: Be EXCITED!

Growth is coming: Donegal is the access point of many premier recreational and cultural destination in the regions including Hidden Valley & Severn Springs Ski Resorts, 8 state parks, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Duncan House and Kentuck Knob, Idlewild & Soak Zone Amusement Park and the many historical amenities found in Ligoiner. A part of our mission is to bring awareness to the Donegal Interchange Exit 91 and the Route 31 Corridor which directs traffic to all local businesses in our tri-county area. Through the hard work and perseverance of both current and past leaders of the MLCC, Donegal is now largely recognized as “The Gateway to the Laurel Highlands” which is the chamber’s official service mark.

The Route 31 Expansion Project is nearly complete. Businesses along the corridor understood the need for the inconvenience and praised Plum Construction for their hard work and kindness. Thanks for your patience, for the reward will be great for us all!

The LCT Energy/Rustic Ridge Mine is under operation and is bringing revenue and people to the area to support our local businesses. Events held at Seven Springs & Hidden Valley Resorts bring a diversity of family fun and the need for constant employment to the mountain. Development efforts like these help our economy grow stronger with every passing year.

The MLCC promises even bigger events this year for our members and our entire community to be excited about! The Build A Snowman Challenge was such a hit last year; we’ve started it even earlier in December. Our 2nd Annual Job Fair, to be held at Celebration Place at Days Inn in Donegal, is a perfect way for our business owners to find local talent. This year’s Golf Outing will be held at Seven Springs with even more golfers and more prizes. Everyone had a great time at last year’s Kids’ Day, we’re having TWICE the fun with TWO Kids’ Days in 2020. Always the most-awaited event of the year, 2020’s Ladies’ Day Bash will be bigger and better than ever!

The MLCC promises to make 2020 a year of hands-on involvement and support. We will be reaching out to both our members and our community to learn more about what YOU want and need, and what we can do for YOU!

I am EXCITED to announce the MLCC Executive Committee and Board of Directors, who will focus on helping you to make 2020 your best year ever.

President
Rob King – King Legal Group LLC

Vice President
Deanna Richter – LHTC Broadband

Treasurer
Mark Hughes – Hughes Physical Therapy

Secretary
Tammy Shawley – Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Directors
Juliann Brown – Alpine Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Jamie Stilley – Amerikohl Mining Inc.
Abe Wagner – BHHS the Preferred Realty
Josh Crowe – BHHS the Preferred Realty
Rich Naugle – Champion Lumber Company
Barb Skinner – Christian Family & Children’s Center
Ken Firestone – Firestone Insurance Agency LLC
Tom Guiher – Living Treasures Wild Animal Park
Joe Sarnelli – Sarnelli’s Corner
Shari Bukovac – Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping

I am equally EXCITED to announce our awesome team:

Stefanie Cramer – Administrative Assistant
Boss Bear Creative, LLC – Marketing & Social Media Manager
William Culver – Satellite Assistant
Cami DiBattista – Freelance Writer
Lori Shepler – Facebook Coordinator
Mindy Faidley – Ad Coordinator

Special thanks to Shari Bukovac for her past service as president of the board. Her faith and dedication brought growth to the organization. Events developed under Shari’s leadership also brought and will continue to bring a sense of fun to our communities, we are and will be forever thankful.

Be EXCITED, for this is where we choose to live and work and good things are happening!

Here’s to a Happy and EXCITING New Year!

Kris Enberg
Executive Director