Chamber celebrates success

by Vance Gutzman

Businesses and municipalities working hand in hand can make great things happen.

That was the message which came out of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting last week.

Held at the Bear’s Den here in Deep River, the meeting brought together a number of business owners throughout the region, along with political dignitaries who spoke of success stories in their respective communities.

Among them was Bonnechere Valley Mayor Jennifer Murphy, who recalled that a few years back some of the businesses in downtown Eganville closed their doors.

Some of the buildings those businesses had been housed in were in such disrepair, Murphy noted, that they were practically at the point of being demolished.

Things like dump fees precluded a potential purchaser from redeveloping the property, but that all changed when the municipality launched a community improvement plan.

“The business was open in about six months,” Murphy said, adding that the Eganville and Area Community Development Group has helped a number of businesses to flourish in the community, and initiated the development of a park and a boardwalk along the Bonnechere River.

“They have many more projects on the go,” said Murphy, who also serves as the Renfrew County Warden.

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The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce paid tribute last week to John Walden during its annual general meeting. Walden, who is leaving the chamber’s board after many years of service, received a certificate of appreciation from the chamber’s executive director, Lorraine MacKenzie, for his time and commitment to the chamber’s board of directors.