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The mission of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce is to create, maintain and promote a vital, thriving business climate throughout the Amherst area and to initiate and support the civic, educational, recreational and economic well being of the Amherst Area.

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Amherst Small Business COVID Recovery Grants Program

By John Page | October 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Amherst Small Business COVID Recovery Grants Program

The town of Amherst has been awarded federal funds through the CARES Act to support local small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Valley Community Development Corporation will act as Program Administrator for the application and selection process to award one-time grants up to $10,000 for businesses located in Amherst. Learn More

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2020 Virtual Legislative Breakfast

By John Page | October 30, 2020 | Comments Off on 2020 Virtual Legislative Breakfast

Thank you to Congressman McGovern, Senators Comerford and Lesser, and Representatives Blais, Carey, and Domb for taking the time to share a bit with members of our community. Their words served as wind in their sails of our members to keep fighting the good fight. Their steadfast commitment to our region and strong advocacy for…

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Western Mass Celebration to Speak at Chamber Legislative Breakfast

By John Page | October 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Western Mass Celebration to Speak at Chamber Legislative Breakfast

The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Breakfast — Virtual Edition An opportunity to hear directly from the leaders that represent the Amherst area in Congress and on Beacon Hill. Our discussion will focus on government response to the COVID-19 public health crisis and economic recovery as well as our legislator’s vision for economic…

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Chamber 2019 Legislative Breakfast Highlights New Electeds and Brings Region Together

By John Page | October 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Chamber 2019 Legislative Breakfast Highlights New Electeds and Brings Region Together

In 2019, the Amherst Area had several candidates elected that were serving in their first term. Locally, in Amherst, the inaugural Town Council was finishing up their first year with Lynn Griesemer serving as the first President of the Council. Likewise, in Hadley, Christian Stanley was serving as Select Board Chair in his first year…

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Government Affairs & Policy Advocacy Committee

Kishore Parmar, Pioneer Valley Hotel Group, Chair
Jim Brassord, Amherst College
Alex Laguerra Sierra, Amherst Innovative Living
Hannah Rechtshaffen, The Mill District
Aelan Tierney, Kuhn Riddle Architects
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