CHAMBER HISTORY

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2013 – Welcomed Red Sox COO, Sam Kennedy, as Keynote Speaker

2013 – Hosted 2nd Annual Festival by the Sea

2013 – Hosted 2nd Annual Gloucester Blues Festival

2013 – Launched Cape Ann License Plate Project

2012 – Hosted Congressional Debate

2013 – Welcomed Secretary of Education, Matthew H. Malone,  as Keynote Speaker

2013 – Launched New Ambassador Committee

2013 – Converted to a New Member Database Provider

2013 – Chamber launches new Chamber website

2013 – Soundings Magazine, a monthly periodical is launched

2012 – After a challenging few years and tough economy, the Chamber ends 2012 on solid financial ground

2012 – Chamber’s Manchester Division produces 1st Festival by the Sea (August), successor event to the Manchester Arts Festival

2012 – Chamber celebrates 90 years of support to Cape Ann

2012 – Hosted Congressional Debate between the 6th District Congressional Candidates Congressman John Tierney (D), Richard Tisei (R) and Daniel Fishman (L).

2012 – Chamber launches new Government Affairs Council

2012 – Chamber launches new Tourism Council

2012 – Chamber launches new Health Insurance Coop

2012 – Chamber co-sponsors 1st Gloucester Blues Festival (August)

2012 – Chamber welcomes Robert W. Heidt, Jr. as new Chief Executive Officer

2010 – 1st issue of the Cape Ann Guide published

2009 – Bob Hastings takes over as Chamber’s Executive Director

2008 – Mike Costello, Executive Director of the Chamber since 1978, retires

2007 – 1st Cape Ann Restaurant Week (October) involves 24 restaurants from all four Cape Ann communities

2006 – Chamber launches Member-2-Member Savings Connection program to encourage companies and their employees to do business with one another

2006 – Businesswomen’s Committee celebrates 20th anniversary with the creation of the Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship Fund

2005 – Rockport Chamber of Commerce merges with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

2005 – Chamber’s Rockport Division creates the first annual Rockport Harvest Festival

2004 – Pat Roy Scholarship created

2002 – Chamber places information brochure kiosk at Burger King Plaza on Route 128 in North Beverly

2000 – Irish Sweepstakes begins

2000 – Gloucester Gift Certificate program launched (November); expanded in 2005 to include all of Cape Ann and re-named Cape Ann Gift Certificate program.

1997 – Chamber kicks off 75th anniversary year at the Annual Dinner

1996 – Red Deering Scholarship Created

1991 – Chamber’s Rockport Division hosts first annual Rockport Community Egg Hunt

1990 – 1st Chamber Golf Tournament (May), sponsored by the Business/ Education Collaborative to raise funds for Chamber scholarship program

1988 – 1st Annual Chamber Auction (July)

1987 – Chamber moves to its current location at 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester (July)

1987 – Board of Directors creates the Business/ Education Collaborative

1986 – Chamber’s Businesswomen’s Committee formally established with it first luncheon (May)

1985 – Chamber hosts first Evening Business Exchange (now Business After Hours) at Sudbay Auto

1985 – Chamber’s Rockport Division creates the first “Christmas in Rockport” month long holiday celebration

1984 – 1st Gloucester Schooner Festival

1983 – Essex clam chowder competition begins, part of Essex Pride Week; becomes Essex Clamfest 1985

1982 – Chamber hosts its 60th Annual Dinner, with remarks by Governor Ed King

1982 – Chamber testifies in support of fair taxation for business at Gloucester’s first tax classification hearing

1981 – Waterfront Festival begins

1981 – Small Business Week begins

1981 – Cape Ann Chamber establishes its first scholarship for a high school senior

1981 – $25K Game begins, first winner Charlie Foster; started as the “Gold Rush”, a $10 K Game

1978 – Mike Costello hired as Chamber’s Executive Director

1975 – Chamber a leader in the effort to establish a 200 mile limit to support Cape Ann’s fishing industry

1973 – Chamber’s service area is expanded to include Manchester-by-the-Sea, and name is changed to Cape Ann Area Chamber of Commerce, in order to reflect more accurately the regional structure and mission of the Chamber

1923 – Lawrence T. Hart hired as Executive Director; serves until his retirement in 1961

1922 — Herman Lion hired as Chamber’s first Executive Director

1922 – Cape Ann Chamber is founded; initially incorporated as the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce “to promote the civic, economic and social welfare of the people of Gloucester, Essex and Rockport”

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