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The Urge to Merge: Mergers in this Article

Katherine House

Winter 2012

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Mergers Mentioned in this Story

Birmingham, Ala. In 2009, the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Board merged to form the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Lexington, Ky. In 2004, the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Lexington United (economic development) and the Lexington Partnership for Workforce Development merged to form Commerce Lexington.

Naples, Fla. The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce merged with the Downtown Naples Association four years ago, and then turned its operation over to a new Business Improvement District in 2011. The chamber is currently absorbing some of the responsibilities of the Economic Development Council of Collier County after it ceased operations Sept. 30, 2011. Chamber leaders also are working to initiate the Partnership for Collierís Future Economy, which will involve three universities and other state agencies.

Ocala, Fla. The Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Ocala/Marion County EDC announced last August a merger of the two groups, which was to be completed this year.

 

Quad Cities of Iowa/Illinois. In 2001, five entities, including the Davenport, Iowa, chamber and downtown organization merged to form Davenport One. In 2009, the business communityís loss of confidence in the Quad-City Development Group led to the creation of Quad-Cities First, a joint venture between the Iowa Quad Cities Chamber (formerly Davenport One) and the Illinois Quad City Chamber. Quad-Cities First is a public/private partnership focused on business attraction and marketing. Shortly afterwards, the Bettendorf, Iowa, chamber merged with the Iowa Quad Cities Chamber. In 2010, after working closely on Quad-Cities First, the Iowa Quad Cities Chamber and the Illinois Quad City Chamber merged to form the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce; Quad-Cities First remains part of that organization.

Reading, Pa. In 2005, the Berks County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of Berks County merged to form the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Rochester, N.Y.In January 2003, the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce merged with the Industrial Management Council to form the Rochester Business Alliance.

Spokane, Wash. In 2007, the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane Area Economic Development Council merged to form Greater Spokane Inc.

Syracuse, N.Y. In 2010, the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce merged with the Metropolitan Development Association to form CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, known as CenterState CEO.

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