The Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce is, along with many area businesses, facing financial hardships.  After the first of the year the Chamber’s staff will be cut to one person. Many area chambers are facing falling memberships and less revenue.

Chamber Director David Tidmore told the Chattanooga-Times Free Press  that with about 200 members, the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce is substantially smaller than some Chambers of Commerce in Northwest Georgia, but it faces some of the same problems, He said his biggest challenge has not been declining membership, but less revenue from sponsorships.

"It really is less of a membership issue than a sponsorship issue, and that’s a reflection of the economy," he said. "Our sponsors are usually bigger businesses like banks, utilities and larger industries like Mohawk and Mount Vernon. A lot of them are cutting back."

See Full Article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2009/dec/25/area-chambers-work-to-hold-membership/