Though the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce will be relocating to Main Street in the coming days, the new director said Monday she doesn't plan on being at her desk much.
Kathleen Moore was introduced as the new executive director for the organization during the monthly lunch meeting, and she said she will be pounding the pavement to drum up excitement about the Chamber of Commerce.
"I want to meet you," she said. "It's not about me; it's you. You pay for the membership. We need substance from you."
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
Kathleen Moore introduces herself as the new executive director of the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce during Monday’s meeting. She has high hopes for expanding the organization’s membership and community outreach.
Moore has lived in French Creek for the past 13 years, operating a rescue farm for horses, dogs and cats. She also brings a strong business background to the job, which came from working in New Jersey and Connecticut for several years in the retirement community industry.
She praised the work of other civic-minded organizations for working toward the betterment of the area. She said that by working in tandem with each other, more could be accomplished.
"You have the Southern Upshur Business Association, Create Buckhannon and the Convention and Visitors Bureau," Moore said. "We are all working together to create a vibrant business climate."
Moore said she has been reaching out to other local Chambers of Commerce to learn about the region, but said she doesn't mind extending Upshur's borders into neighboring counties. She said that the Stonewall Resort Foundation recently became a member of the B-U Chamber.
"We don't need to only contain ourselves to Upshur County," she said.
Moore plans on making the Chamber of Commerce more visible in the community as it strives to bring more people into the community.
"I want the Chamber to get 15 calls a day, if not more," she said. "We want people to know there is a Chamber of Commerce. We want to convince them to shop in Upshur County and Buckhannon."
She hopes to start a junior organization as a way to get high school students thinking about careers in business.
Moore said she believes the coming months will be tough ones for small businesses, and she said she wants the Chamber to be a valuable resource during those times.
"I think we need to stick together," she said. "We need to listen to our consumers about what they want and what they can afford."