YARMOUTH -- The man who will stay on as president of the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce says he has a positive outlook on the area’s economy heading into 2016, including a good feeling about the search for a new ferry.
Chris Atwood officially will begin another term as president of the Yarmouth chamber when the organization holds its annual general meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Rodd Grand Hotel.
This will be his second straight year as the chamber’s president, a position he also held in the late 2000s.
Atwood says the past year was a good one for the chamber, citing the organization’s growing membership and the various things the chamber put on or was involved in.
“I’m really excited with the number of events that we carried out throughout the year,” he says. “Our awards recognition (event) was very well attended. The committee that was involved in that put a lot of time and effort into that.”
For last fall’s business awards presentation, the chamber went with a new format, opting for a reception rather than a formal dinner. Event organizers said they were pleased with the response.
“Coming into 2016, we’re hoping to be able to maintain that momentum when it comes to recognizing and celebrating business success in the our community,” Atwood says.
While there has been a good deal of talk lately about the struggling Canadian economy, Atwood feels the Yarmouth area is on something of an upward swing.
At the time he was contacted for this story, there had yet to be an announcement from Bay Ferries as to what vessel will sail between Yarmouth and Maine this year. Atwood acknowledged the uncertainty was weighing on the minds of a lot of business operators.
“But you know what, I’m optimistic the right vessel will be found,” he says.
Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., is the scheduled guest speaker for the Yarmouth chamber’s AGM, which begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the chamber office.
Says Atwood, “I think it was a good year in 2015 and I’m looking forward to what 2016 will bring. We’ve got a really strong board and a really good staff.”