Invitations were sent and the response was huge for the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance Annual Dinner. Members gathered upstairs at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant to celebrate 2016, and look forward to the year ahead.
The tables were decorated by Alliance members again this year, and the themes were off the charts. Columbia Machine Works celebrated their 90th birthday, and took home top table prize. Other interesting tables came from BMC, Caledonian Financial, and FTB.
Austin Tyler, of Muletown Coffee, was this year’s musical entertainment. Following his set, the Alliance showcased a new promotional video for Maury County. In the clips, Maury County downtown businesses Lace and Company, Lily Jane, and Muletown Coffee make an appearance. To view the video click HERE.
Wil Evans opened up the celebratory portion of the evening by pointing out the exciting momentum right now in Maury County. “We’ve had another year of success and strategy for our community, and I am ecstatic to stand along side you to celebrate the year we’ve had,” said Evans.
Left to Right: Maury Alliance President Wil Evans, 2016 Chairman Tom Grosko, 2017 Chairman Chaz Molder
Outgoing Chairman, Tom Grosko, outlined a long list of outstanding accomplishments for Maury County and the Alliance. Alliance programs like Women in Business and Young Professionals saw more participation from members, with technology playing a role in that growth. The Maury Alliance launched their new App, with help from Walker Vining, that will better connect Alliance members to the community with real time push notifications on business specials and events.
Grosko continued with amazing statistics on the growth of Maury County, “We raised the bar even higher in 2016,” he said. A few to note:
Unemployment dropped to 4%
Public School Graduation Rate is up to 92%
Housing Starts up 22%
1345 new jobs were created in 2016
Grosko then introduced incoming Chairman and local attorney, Chaz Molder. After thanking his wife, Liz, for being there, Molder described three goals he had for the guests that evening, “May you leave here with a sense of hope for the future of Maury County, pride for our community, and renewed energy for the growth of our community.” Molder thanked the Alliance staff for their dedicated work and the Leadership committees for contributing their time and professional skills. “Our organization is great, simply put, because our staff is great,” he said.
Molder’s agenda for the next year in the Maury Alliance is a three-step process: Grow Maury County and the Alliance membership; Promote Maury County at every single opportunity; and Sustain the great strides made in recent years. In closing, he said that the key to those goals is the support of each city, “What is good for Mt Pleasant is good for Spring Hill. What is good for Spring Hill is good for Columbia. Let us not lose sight that we have a unified cause and mission to grown Maury County.”
As the evening wound down it was time to recognize leaders in the Maury Alliance. A few to note: Ambassador of the Year went to Claire Sellers, the Chairman Award for Volunteerism went to Sonny Shackelford who said, “I’ve had a spirit of service for this community for a number of years, and I’d like to thank my wife, Trisha, for providing support.”
In closing, Samuel Son & Co VP of Manufacturing Technology, Rob Whitmore, gave the crowd a good laugh when describing their search for a town to put down roots. Maury County beat out 8 other towns in jovial part due to our “…honor of that great beast of burden, the Mule.” Whitmore went on to remind attendees that at Samuel, it’s not just business, it’s also family.
At Off the Duck we agree, and are pleased to see that motto reflected in so many businesses that make our community unique.For more information on the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance you can visit their website www.mauryalliance.com.