Chamber shares 2015 highlights

By Pat Sunderland

The City of Delta has been asked to increase its membership status and commit an additional $3,000 for special events.

The request was made by executive director Leslie Workman during a city council work session.

She began by thanking the city for its support. Without assistance from city hall, parks, recreation center staff, public works and the police department, none of the events sponsored by the chamber would be possible.

Workman said she would like that partnership to move to the next level -- the President's Circle, the highest tier on the chamber's membership structure. After discussing the benefits of the President's Circle, she presented the request for $3,000.

Most chamber events, she said, are funded by sponsorships. The $3,000 could go to a particular event, at council's discretion, or would be used for general funding.

She highlighted the chamber's 2015 successes:

• Successful reinstatement of the Business Resource Expo, an informational night for business owners or those thinking of starting a business.

• Successful execution of the Home & Garden Show. The chamber is planning a new name and a new format for 2016. The event will be called the Spring Expo, and will be open to all types of businesses.

• The return of the rodeo to Deltarado Days was a huge success, and the stock contractor is already committed for 2016. Workman said ticket prices will be restructured, to make the cost more affordable for families.

• The chamber offered over 20 various educational classes in partnership with Region10

• The chamber has 29 new members, to date, for a total of 301 members.

"Over the years, city funding has gotten tighter and tighter," commented councilmember Bill Raley, "but now I feel you're accomplishing something."

Councilmember Robert Jurca agreed there's been a "marked change" in chamber management.

Council made no commitment, but will consider the chamber's request during the 2016 budget process.

Delta County Economic Development and All Points Transit are also making presentations to city council, as part of that process. Councilmember Ray Penick has asked for financials from all the entities seeking city funding.