Mark Haldaman, Embassy Bank Northampton Area Chamber Chai
Well, here we are at the beginning of a new year and a new decade. We all take this time early in the year to assess where we have been and where we are going. I hope you’ll all take a moment to appreciate how much we all have done as a community here in this little valley. We have each played a small part in transforming a pocket of communities, largely driven by a handful of companies into a thriving metropolis. A mix of manufacturing, retail and services have replaced a handful of plants and mills. The diversity of industry has made our home more stable and growing at a rate exceeding national and state averages.
Last month was a busy month for all of us active with the chamber. In Northampton had the annual tree lighting, our Roxy holiday mixer and the ribbon cutting for a new restaurant. Northampton Borough always puts on a great show at the annual tree lighting. This year the Northampton Chamber was there to hand out treats to the kids
while they listen to carolers and waited for Santa to stop by. Out Annual Roxy movie night mixer was also a great time. We especially want to thank all our sponsors who made the event possible. Our guest got to mingle and catch up over some fantastic food and afterwards watch the Christmas classic White Christmas in a theatre that was there to show its initial 1954 showing. At this event we presented Richard Wolfe, owner of The Roxy Theatre with the Northampton Area Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award, for his lifelong passion, commitment and dedication to the Northampton area and surrounding communities. Congratulations again Richard!
All in all, 2019 flew by us at a break neck pace and 2020 doesn’t appear to be moving any slower. We are excited to have had such a productive year last year and looking forward to one even better than the last.