Cashiers Chamber: Engaging Community & Business
The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is hard at work, even in these uncertain times, staying true to their mission of actively engaging the community and businesses in the hard work of ensuring that Cashiers and Jackson County continue to thrive and grow.
Chamber President Mary Lanning, who’s the General Manager of Hampton Inn and Suites-Sapphire Valley/Cashiers, enjoys a dual and vital role in strategic planning, as she is also the Chairperson for the Community and Visitor Engagement sub-committee of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority.
JCTDA, established in 2013 by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly, seeks to promote the growth of year-round tourism opportunities that benefit the Jackson County economy. Their efforts put people to work, grow jobs, build community, and make our towns a vibrant place to live, play and work. That mission closely aligns with the chamber’s goals so the two have a great working relationship.
While dealing with Covid-19 has been first and foremost on everyone’s minds these two organizations continue to work hand in hand to promote Jackson County as a premier destination for those seeking an active lifestyle. Their goals include showcasing our abundant natural beauty and nature’s playgrounds, attracting tourism, residents, and seasonal residents all the while seeing that businesses and employees enjoy a stake in this partnership.
Both organizations are encouraging visitors and communities members to shop, dine or play locally while empathizing and promoting Wash,
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Mary considers being active in The Chamber and the JCTDA an asset both professionally
“I actively promote the Chambers strategic initiatives which are to provide extraordinary leadership in the Cashiers area as advocates for business, be an information source for the community and a conduit for building destination awareness and responsible growth,” she says. Moving forward, she’s excited to see how this partnership’s vision further benefits our community.