Towson Chamber Seeks Community Input

Preparing for 2013

Dear Community Partners,

Each year YOUR Chamber spends over $100,000 to provide events and services in  our community. Our Executive Committee and our Board of Directors will be meeting in the near future to go over plans for 2013. Please take the time to read the following and give us your much appreciated feedback.

As we enter into the new year, it is a time to reflect on the past and prepare ourselves for the future. The Towson Chamber’s first priority is to support our business community and we do that in a variety of ways.

We host over 60 outdoor events each year. These events bring thousands of people into the core of Towson more than 35 weeks out of the year. These events include major community gatherings such as the Farmers Market, Gardens Day, Towsontown Spring Festival, and Friday Night Concerts. Not to mention that this December’s month long WinterFest had almost double the attendance of last year.

Last year the Chamber lost a $54,000 Beautification grant that was used for hanging flower baskets and tree wells maintenance. Through manual support from the County, help from Radebaugh Florist and financial contributions from the Chamber Members, we were able to continue this program. Five days a week we have a person picking up trash throughout the business core. Three times a month we get a group of about 8 to 10 helpers for a day that work on extra clean-up projects in Towson. We spent over $3,500 installing paintings in vacant store fronts so people would not be walking past big vacant spaces.

We have also made it a point to respond and be receptive to member feedback. In the past, members have stressed that networking opportunities are a top priority to them and during 2012 we hosted over 20 events. We also hope that you and your business are participating in our Member to Member Benefits Program that is communicated in detail through our monthly newsletters.

This year’s Taste of Towson was a huge success. We had over 25 restaurants with more than 250 people attending. We were able to raise $6,000 with 100% of the proceeds going back into projects for the community.

Lately we have been meeting with leaders from Baltimore County Government to work on streetscape improvements as well as adding additional police officers.

None of our goals can be accomplished alone. We are very thankful for the support from Baltimore County Government, our University Leaders,  and the local Residential community working alongside of us to make Towson a better place to live, work and play. We are also very thankful for the developers that truly see Towson as a great place to invest.

In 2013 we plan to continue these valuable programs, however we would like to hear from you if you think there are other projects that we can do to improve Towson’s environment.

We thank you for all your support and may 2013 be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for you and your love ones.

Yours Truly,

Nancy Hafford

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Wayne January 01, 2013 at 03:38 PM
You are a force of nature Nancy Hafford! Thank you for all you do every day for the Towson community. We are lucky to have you and all the energy you bring every day to your work. I for one support you and all your efforts. I look forward to all of your plans for 2013
David Marks January 01, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Nancy Hafford is a terrific partner. Towson is a wonderful community thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and its volunteers!
brody bond January 02, 2013 at 04:12 PM
This is a beautiful update. Thanks. Turning a lane of the Bypass into parking could be a great thing too... not just for the sake of parking, but for making Bosley more "crossable" on-foot.
Josh Perry January 02, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Slow day at work so I decided to check out this site I was told about right about Tyler's accident (so happy to hear he is alright). Pulling for you Tyler!! Anyway, this site is great and Nancy Hafford you have done a wonderful job in Towson these past couple years. Thanks for your efforts and keeping the town informed of future plans. Happy new year everyone!
Ann Greenbaum January 03, 2013 at 03:14 AM
yes, crossable and bike-able too! The Towson Bike Beltway will be constructed soon and Towson will become more bikeable. A big thanks to David Marks and all those who worked on this project.


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