Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 umbrella organization for a network of affiliates that include two 501(c)6 industrial development corporations, a 501(c)3 downtown development corporation, a 501(c)3 foundation, and several for-profit entities. Mission is to help its members prosper and to enhance the quality of life in the Chambersburg area. Chamber has earned the respected 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber and has almost 900 members. The Greater Chambersburg economy is diverse, with warehousing and logistics, Letterkenny Army Depot, healthcare, education, service, retail, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism as the lead components. The Chamber provides a variety of programs and services for Chamber members including networking, communication and relationship building events, leadership programs, workforce and educational partnership programs and government advocacy activities. Chamber affiliates provide key services in economic and community development in the Borough of Chambersburg and throughout the area; Chamber employees staff all of these organizations as well:
Chambersburg Area Development Corporation: the industrial development arm of the Chamber, developing industrial and office parks and buildings.
Cumberland Valley Regional Development Corporation: joint venture between CADC and the Shippensburg Area Development Corporation to develop an industrial park at Exit 24 of Interstate 81, the United Business Park.
Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation: 501c (3) promoting citizenship and leadership.
Downtown Chambersburg, Inc.: coordinates economic/community development in downtown Chambersburg.
Community Development Corporation of Franklin County: improve the housing, small business and economic conditions to benefit low and moderate-income persons throughout Franklin County.
Franklin County Industrial Development Authority: provides low-interest, tax-free loans.
Chambersburg Franklin Development Corp.: for-profit 50-50 joint venture that co-owns an industrial building with the Franklin County Area Development Corporation.
Heritage Center Condominium Association: for-profit subsidiary owns 2 floors of the 3-story Heritage Center.
Total annual operating budget for Chamber and affiliates is $4+MM with combined assets of $28+MM. Chamber’s website: www.chambersburg.org
Chambersburg and surrounding communities are among the fastest-growing populations in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With a population almost 21,000, the Borough of Chambersburg has a small-town atmosphere, but it is a thriving community within an MSA of over 154,000. Residents benefit from affordable housing choices, excellent health care facilities, outdoor recreation opportunities, and shopping options at national retailers and unique local shops. Educational opportunities include public and private schools along with college and university environments. Chambersburg is rich in history, particularly Civil War history, and the Chamber oversees the Heritage Center in downtown Chambersburg, which includes exhibits of the area’s growth and development since its founding in the mid 1700s.
Franklin County, where Chambersburg is the county seat of government, is a dynamic business market, located along the busy Interstate 81 corridor. Chambersburg is within a 100-mile radius of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and within one day’s drive of more than half of the U.S. population. As a result, the area is among the micropolitan leaders in attracting new corporate facilities or expansions. The Chambersburg area business environment is diverse, with Letterkenny Army Depot and Summit Health as the top employers. Other major employers include Manitowoc, Volvo Construction Equipment, Food Lion Inc., Target Distribution Center, Shippensburg University, Wilson College as well as county and local government entities. Agriculture and tourism/hospitality are key industries and are supported by a myriad of small businesses.
The Borough of Chambersburg owns and operates its own utilities. Franklin County is well situated for future development, with more than 1,500 acres of developable land available. Most sites are “shovel-ready.” In addition, there is a civilian labor force of 390,000 within 40 miles of the heart of Franklin County.
President reports to the 21-member Board of Directors of the Chamber and, in the capacity of Executive Director of the Chambersburg Area Development Corporation, also reports to the 21-member Board of CADC (both Boards meets monthly). This executive is also expected to attend Board meetings of other affiliates and supervises 9 staff. Serving as the CEO, this person is responsible to the Boards of Directors for the full range of activities of the Chamber, CADC and affiliates, coordination of the program of work for the Chamber and economic development efforts; organizational structure and procedures; motivation of volunteers; income and expenditures; maintenance of membership and investors; employment, training and supervision of staff. As Executive Director of CADC and CVRDC, this person will direct the property management, leasing, construction program design and service delivery.
Outstanding opportunity for a chamber, economic development or private/public sector executive to lead a multi-faceted chamber and economic development organization. Both the Chamber and CADC enjoy solid reputations in the area’s business sector. The organizations are in a solid fiscal position and, despite general challenges in the economy, community leaders see a positive future for Franklin County and the regional marketplace. The Chamber and its affiliates have an experienced and engaged staff, committed Board members and an excited volunteer base. Together these constituents are looking for an executive leader who can accept this exciting opportunity to fully integrate the efforts of the Chamber, CADC and other affiliates and help guide the entire Franklin County regional community to new levels of success.
Ideal candidate must have a proven track record of success with at least 10 years of experience and increasing responsibilities. This career track may come from a variety of backgrounds such as: serving as the top executive within a progressive and comparably-sized economic development-focused organization, chamber of commerce, or related significant business association; experience as a “#2” or other senior-level executive at a larger like enterprise as noted above; or an executive from a complex private or public-sector entity. Significant Board interaction and experience leading large numbers of volunteers is strongly desired. A Bachelors degree is required; an advanced degree in business, finance, law, public administration or related field is desirable. If the candidate’s professional experience includes economic development or chamber industry background, then a Certified Economic Developer designation, graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management or Certified Chamber Executive designation is desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation commensurate with experience.
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