Greater Danbury and Newtown Chambers combine, effective September 1, 2022
Two chambers combine to provide better services, growth opportunities
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, Inc. are partnering to serve local businesses in our area, beginning September 1, 2022.
The decision to join the two organizations was not taken lightly, but in the current environment, it is important to achieve scale and keep an eye on the growth of our business lines. It is in this spirit that the boards of directors of the two chambers have entered into a dialogue over the past year, which culminated in the project to bring the chambers closer together.
Under the leadership of President and CEOPJ Prunty, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce will continue its long tradition of service to the Greater Danbury area and incorporate many initiatives and events founded by the Newtown Chamber of Commerce. These include events such as Martini Madness, Chamber Golf Tournament, Ribbon Cuttings and local networking events. As members come together, all will benefit from expanded programs, including community events throughout the year.
“The Board is very excited about what this means for the strategic direction of the Chamber,” said Cynthia Merkle, President of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce. “We believe that by joining together, we will be able to expand our networking, corporate advocacy and educational offerings. We welcome our new members and thank all of our members for the support we have received over the past difficult years. »
Judith Miller, president of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce, said the combination made sense for Newtown businesses.
“Danbury offers an exceptional long-term vision for the greater business community while recognizing Newtown’s successful local business owners and consumers,” said Miller. “Coming together with GDCC will support our current mission and enable the expansion of our members who wish to reach surrounding areas, as well as participate in beneficial networking and educational events.”
The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce currently serves the 10 towns of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sherman, Redding and Ridgefield. The Chamber strives to support local and regional economic development efforts, advocates for our members, encourages business investment in our region and greater regional cooperation.
“Our economy is only as strong as our businesses and our workforce,” Prunty said. “By working together as a region with our neighboring towns, we can continue to strengthen and grow the community of Greater Danbury. We look forward to officially welcoming and serving members of the Newtown Chamber of Commerce. Our goal remains to be a one-stop-shop for our members’ businesses and nonprofits to provide value in the form of small and large networking events, educational opportunities, hand development -work and leadership and many other value-added benefits.