Madison County Chamber 2021 - Page 3

MCC Business Directory and Resource Guide 3

LOOKING FORWARD WITH A NEW MISSION

The Madison County Chamber continually strives to improve the local business climate and quality of life through advocacy , collaboration and economic development .

Those words are the culmination of many strategy sessions , meetings , drafts and conversations . And with those words , the Chamber Board of Directors and I have set a new mission to build on the reputation we have crafted in our community .

We have long been known as the leading entity in business connections and networking , but we owe it to our member businesses to go further in developing a truly thriving business climate in Madison County .
I ’ ve had the opportunity to meet with many of our businesses and I can ’ t tell you how many conversations start with , “ Well , when General Motors was here …”
I appreciate understanding where we came from , but I believe that we can ’ t allow the past to cloud our vision for a prosperous future . While some still consider Madison County a work in progress , I see us on the cusp of something very special .
Our local economy is showing renewed vigor and we have a more diverse employment base then ever before in our communities . However , to understand what I ’ m talking about , it ’ s important to look past the major manufacturing investment headlines – of which we ’ ve had several as of late .
Look at the wide range of positive trends we have seen over the last few years . We are seeing entrepreneurs invest in our downtowns with breweries , distilleries and entertainment . Our arts scene is blossoming with several historic venues and museums . School systems across our county have announced major initiatives with community support to upgrade infrastructure and technology to enhance our K-12 offerings . To top it off , we have some of the most affordable land and housing rates in the entire central Indiana region .
So how does the Chamber plan to use this new mission to build momentum ?
It starts by working with our educational partners to identify the workforce needs of the
Madison County Chamber Board President Kris Zinzser ( left ) and President / CEO Clayton Whitson pause for a photo at the Statehouse in Indianapolis .
next generation . We ’ ve established a strategic alliance with the Corporation for Economic Development to have a presence in business recruitment and retention , and we ’ re forging relationships with our elected leaders to help guide development while maintaining our local identity .
On behalf of the staff and entire board of directors , I would like to welcome you officially to the next chapter of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce . We look forward to having you come along for the ride as we continue to build positive economic momentum in our community .
Sincerely ,
Clayton Whitson President / CEO Madison County Chamber

INDEX

Chamber Team .................................... 4 County Demographics ................ 6 Letter from the Mayor ................... 7
Signature Events ............................... 8 FAB ! Profiles ........................................ 10 Q & A with Rob Sparks ................. 12 Business Organizations ............ 13 Gary Coomer Feature ................. 14
Downtown Attractions .............. 16 COVID Task Force ............................ 19 Madison County Schools ........ 21 Restarting AAMP ............................ 22 Directory Listings .......................... 25
BUSINESS DIRECTORY AND RESOURCE GUIDE
2021
On the cover Clockwise from top left : ** The Paramount Theatre , * Wake Up ! breakfast , the Nestle bunny , * a golfer tees off at a Chamber fundraiser , Red Gold , Anderson Speedway and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino .
** Dale Pickett photo , * Chamber photos All other photos by The Herald Bulletin