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An effort to create a Thornton-specific business group under the Metro North Chamber of Commerce umbrella could signal more cooperation with other community groups, according to chamber President Gregg Moss.
“The city itself, Thornton has never had a chamber,” Moss said. “As we’ve been talking to businesses and other leaders in the community, there has been the statement that they still want a regional chamber, but from a community pride standpoint, it might be nice to have Thornton community chamber as well.”
All Thornton members of the Metro North Chamber will be enrolled in the group. Similarly, businesses that join the new chamber group will automatically be enrolled in the regional organization.
Moss and the regional chamber’s staff will serve as staff or the Thornton chamber, he said, with its own advisory board.
“It is not a part of the city and it’s a standalone group under the Metro North umbrella,” Moss said. “But they will work with very closely with the (Businesses of Thornton Advisory Council) and the city of Thornton’s economic development department.”
It gives the group an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the more focused group without giving up the benefits of the regional chamber.
“We’ll work very closely with everyone and we’ll come up with some special events and things that focus specifically on Thornton. We don’t want to duplicate the great work they are already doing. We want to support and supplement areas where we can.”
The chamber currently serves 13 cities north of Denver, from Erie and Dacono south and Arvada west to Aurora in the south and east.
Several of those communities already have their own community chambers, including Arvada, Aurora, Broomfield and Westminster.
Moss said he expects the Thornton group will be a one-off situation.
“If another community that doesn’t have a chamber asks us to do so, we can look at that,” he said. “We are looking more at strategic partnerships — close partnerships — with community chambers that are already doing well.”
That could include co-hosting events with community chambers.
“Potentially, and this would be a big potential, we have talked to some about offering joint memberships,” Moss said. “But it would involve more coordinating of our events and bringing in programming that supports everybody. After all, we are all dealing with the same issues.”
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