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Cindy Green talks Chamber of Commerce updates

by Michael Hanich | September 15, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Photo By: Michael Hanich Camden Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Green speaks to the audience of Kiwanis of Camden on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Cindy Green is only a few weeks into her new position at the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce, but she has big goals for the job.

On Thursday, Green was a guest speaker at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Camden, where she talked about her position as the executive director at the Chamber of Commerce and her goals for Camden.

"Since assuming my role on August 14, 2023, I have been working towards establishing my vision for the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce," Green said. "I firmly believe in the untapped potential of our communities in Calhoun and Ouachita counties. Together, we can transform Camden into a place that not only thrives economically, but also fosters a rich sense of well-being and fulfillment for its residents."

She first expressed the importance of the Annual Veterans and Patriots Day Event that was scheduled for Thursday evening. It is an event that expresses gratitude, remembrance and camaraderie to ensure the service of those men and women are not forgotten, she said. There are 1,800 veterans in Ouachita County and the annual event is meant to honor their service.

Green also announced plans for the Third-Annual Camden Craft Fair, an event that showcases the craftsmanship of local artists. Chamber officials are hoping the fair attracts the attention of locals and visitors from outside of Camden.

Green said the Chamber is looking for a permanent home to host the event, as it has been held on the grounds of Coleman Stadium for the last two years. Green said she is also hoping that social media promotion of the event helps draw a larger audience this year.

On Nov. 30, the downtown Christmas Parade will be held. Green said that date was picked to avoid coinciding with the City of El Dorado's Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for Dec. 7. The day of the parade will be one of the busiest days for the Camden Police Department and one of the last busy days for the city of Camden until the new year, Green said.

Ultimately, Green wants Camden to be a place where different communities, businesses and schools can work and celebrate many different events, she said. Near the end of her presentation, she talked about her overall goals.

"Furthermore, I envision a Chamber of Commerce that goes beyond the traditional routes of networking and business support," Green said. "Together, with the support of organizations like the Camden Kiwanis Club, we can build a community where people not only thrive, but also derive a deep sense of joy from loving, working and raising their families."

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