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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce as the 2010 Local Chamber of the Year

The Alaska State Chamber presented its annual recognition awards Tuesday evening at the Chairs Banquet during the organizations 51st Annual Conference and Trade Show. Awards presented were the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year, the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, the Local Chamber of the Year and the North Star Award.

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes an Alaskan chamber for consistent community involvement and an excellent business reputation. We are pleased to announce that the 2010 Chamber of the Year award goes to the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, who embodies both qualities in their efforts to build a year round economy in their community.

When a community looks to the chamber for organization, leadership and development, then you know the entity is outstanding. The Soldotna Chamber leads the community in scholarship awards to local youth, and steps forward as an organization with support from both staff and board involvement. The chamber collaborates proactively with other entities to enhance tourism potential and job growth (co-hosting annual job fair together with the local newspaper and State Job Center). In identifying various "quality of life" elements that influence the community, the organization consistently goes back to their mission statement "To provide enhanced success of our membership and serve as a driver in developing Soldotna's future." From the roadside clean-ups to proposals for municipal ownership of the area golf course, the chamber is at the forefront. For holiday events, the community looks to the chamber to facilitate everything from St. Patrick Days to pre-holiday visits with Santa.

What makes the Soldotna Chamber exceptional is that rather than looking at everything from a bottom line perspective, they approach the health and well-being of the community at large. The chamber staff demonstrates professionalism and organization on multiple fronts in terms of community events and development initiatives.

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce commends the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce for being an integral, well-respected and valuable asset to their Community. The Alaska State Chamber is delighted to recognize the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce as the 2010 Chamber of the Year.

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