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Our Business is Your Business

The Central PA Chamber of Commerce exists to help businesses in Central PA succeed, thrive, and grow. We value each and every member. That’s why we won’t simply take your membership check, then sign-off for the year. We pride ourselves in getting to know your business and connecting you to the resources that help your business grow.

The Chamber is a member supported organization with a full-time staff dedicated to preserving, enhancing and expanding the opportunities for growth of the business, professional, and industrial communities in Central PA.

Our objectives are to preserve and increase jobs, capital investment and opportunities for economic growth.

About the Central PA Chamber of Commerce

The business of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce is business. The Chamber is a volunteer, member supported organization working fulltime to preserve, enhance and expand the opportunities for growth with businesses, academic institutions, communities, and individual professionals. The Chamber is the vehicle through which its members may work to promote and improve the entire community, thereby improving the environment within which free enterprise may be established and within which it may flourish. Our objectives are to preserve and increase jobs, capital investment and opportunities for economic growth.

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Vision Statement

Helping OUR Region Grow.

Mission Statement

To be the preferred Resource Center for our members supporting their economic and business development.

Core Values

  1. We support our membership.
  2. We provide and inform of resources and programs to help the region grow.
  3. We promote a strong regional economy.
  4. We advocate for our businesses, professionals, educational and industrial communities.
  5. We value our community commitment.

History

The Central PA Chamber of Commerce is proud to have served the Central Pennsylvania Region for over 100 years.  And when we look back to our origins, we see that we have the same basic mission today that The Milton Board of Trade had when they started on May 19, 1905, “To be the partner of choice to enable economic and business development by partnering with businesses, schools, communities, and individuals in Central Pennsylvania.”

The Milton Board of Trade — May 19, 1905

The Milton Board of Trade — May 19, 1905

In 1905 the focus was on Milton, and when the 1920’s rolled around the change in name reflected that focus when their charter was reactivated and The Milton Chamber of Commerce was born.  1956 brought two visionary groups together, the Chamber and the Milton Civic Improvement Association and their shared realization that they needed to have a more forward thinking and reaching outlook, and again changed the name to reflect that broadening vision, to The Milton Area Chamber of Commerce.

During the 1960’s that broadening vision included the purchases of almost 700 acres of ground in what today is the Milton Industrial Park.  Where both nationally known companies such as ConAgra, Weis Markets, New Penn Motor Lines, Professional Drivers Academy and New England Motor Freight, and long time local companies Clark Technology Systems, Inc., Leer, S&L Services, Milton Transportation, Jeraco and PAWC reside along with newcomers, Minuteman Environmental Services, Watsontown Trucking, Keystone Fire Arms and Family Care for Children and Youth.

2004 began with another name change, brought about by the Chamber members’ desire to continue to reach out and embrace a more regional approach.  Our service territory was expanded to include Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties, with the goal to be ready to service any area with the state which asked us to assist them.  With our rich history and related corporations we are working with individuals and businesses to help small businesses grow.  The continuing partnership between volunteers and professionals means the next 100 years can be just a prosperous as the past 100.

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