Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce to seek new director

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – It was recently announced that Doreen Stoodley will soon be stepping down as executive director of the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce. Stoodley has held the position since May of 2017, and will officially step down in late August as the chamber looks to fill the executive director position.

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Doreen Stoodley. Photo provided.

“I’ve been employed by Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce for three years and held the executive director position for just over a year,” Stoodley said in a recent interview. “It has been a great experience, and I feel like we have accomplished a lot during my tenure as director.”

The chamber is located at the Waypoint Center in downtown Bellows Falls and is an important resource for not only visitors of the Rockingham and Bellows Falls areas but also its residents, local organizations, and businesses surrounding the Connecticut River. The chamber accommodates everyone from weekend visitors and people planning to move to the area to assisting all the local businesses and organizations in the area.

They sponsor a variety of business and educational opportunities throughout the year such as the annual Vermont Tourism Summit, the informative Brown Bag Lunch Workforce Development Series, a monthly “member spotlight winner,” and the annual Great Falls Region Person of the Year award, just to name a few.

During Stoodley’s tenure, there has been an increase in new chamber memberships and revenues, as well as an increased visibility in the community through networking, advertising, a website presence, and across social networks.

“We have also collaborated and partnered with various local organizations such as the Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, the Town of Rockingham Development Director, the Greater Falls Connections Southern Vermont Economic Project, the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and the Vermont Department of Health.”

Stoodley has cultivated several positive relationships with these and other local organizations, and will be moving forward having helped develop a continuous solid foundation between the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce and the community at large.

“It is with my deepest gratitude, I thank the chamber, its Board of Directors and all the members for this wonderful opportunity to serve as your executive director. I have been offered a new job opportunity in Bellows Falls that will help me further reach my professional goals. I will continue as director through Aug. 28, as to help make the transition to a new director as smooth as possible.”

To learn more about the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, please visit their website at www.web.vtchamber.com/Organizations/Great-Falls-Regional-Chamber-of-Commerce, or by phone at 802-463-4280.

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