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Politics

October 25, 2013

Council, Chamber renew plan to work cooperatively

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"We have limited resources with events," Bailey said. She said the Chamber is focused on helping its members. Van Donselaar added that membership has told the Chamber that events do not help their businesses.

"We are working for (the membership)," Van Donselaar said. 

"Events are meant to showcase a community," Formanek said. She would like to see at least four major events - one for each season - in Knoxville to bring people to town. Formanek continued by saying that events show what a community has and can do. This may prompt people to come back. 

Van Donselaar said the Chamber has thrown successful events, but most have not increased revenues for Chamber members.

"Events do not pay our bills," Van Donselaar said. 

"I assume you're tied to pacifying the members," Roozeboom said. 

Board member Zabrina Breazeale said the Chamber exists to help the City as a whole, but the Chamber has to take care of its members. She said this is done, not just through events, and the Chamber should also help smaller businesses.

"We have to foster them and hold them close," Breazeale said. 

Councilor April Verwers asked what services are provided. Roozeboom pointed out that the Chamber's landlord list has helped his business.

"It doesn't take a whole lot to make it worthwhile," Roozeboom said. 

The discussion turned to how businesses have changed. Some businesses do not want to remain open past hours. From there, the Chamber and council began to talk about their communication issues. 

"I thought we were (communicating better)," Van Donselaar said. She added that the Chamber has an open door policy and she regularly attends council meetings. 

Verwers said she would like to schedule a joint meeting with the council and Chamber board and ensure that the meetings happen. 

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