By Libby Rosequist
With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, numerous organizations have had to cancel events beloved by the community, as well as fundraisers that keep many local groups afloat throughout the year.
The North East Chamber of Commerce is no different.
Due to COVID-19 the Chamber was forced to cancel Light Up North East and Winefest along with many other opportunities to raise money.
But Lori Ion, NECC president, said the Chamber is looking at options to remain a vital part of the community.
“Our priority is to our members, sponsors and the community and we are working diligently to ensure a better 2021.” Ion said.
During an Oct. 5, North East Borough Council meeting, Borough Manager Pat Gehrlein mentioned possible scenarios involving Chamber staff and the borough moving forward together on community events.
“It fits well within our mission and hopes and intention moving forward that this could, still allow for the potential of events going on in our community under the Borough’s heading if possible and also allow us to do additional work with the reorganization of a parks and rec commission,” Gehrlein said in the October meeting. “If we could do that then we could potentially become a one stop shop and offer that to the community as a benefit.”
To date, there’s been no more motion in that direction, however.
“As of right now the parks and rec department has been tabled and we are not moving forward with it at the moment,” Gehrlein said. “There is no timeline on when we will come back and address it either.”
More information will be published when it becomes available.