The Salina Area Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1911. It is a not-for-profit state voluntary chartered organization of business, industry, professional men and women and individuals working together to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life. More than 1,200 firms, representing about 1,450 members, make up the Chamber's membership.
The Chamber's primary role is economic development --- the creation of new jobs and payrolls in the community. In addition, the Chamber works in many other areas to be sure there is total community development and opportunities for individual growth and fulfillment.
Simply stated, the Chamber is business, professional, and individual people working together to make the Salina community a better place to live and work.
The Chamber is run by its members. They elect a 16-member Board of Directors that develop policies and sets goals. The board employs a Chief Executive Officer, who in-turn hires a professional staff to handle the day-to-day operation.
The Chamber is organized into five divisions. Each division is comprised of several task forces, manned voluntarily by Chamber members. The divisions are: Internal Affairs, Economic Development, Agriculture, Community Development, and Visit Salina.
Some of the major activities include:
As it works to improve the community's economy and quality of life, the Chamber keeps these broad objectives in mind: