Connellsville chamber has new office manager

| Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

For decades, the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce has acted as a successful outlet for business networking and member promotion.

Today, Shirley Rosenberger of Mill Run is the new chamber of commerce office manager.

She brings with her a vast background in community relations, community networking and people skills that blend to make her a smart choice.

“Shirley has the experience and background, and she has a remarkable enthusiasm that all helped to make her the choice for the position,” said David Martin, chamber of commerce board president. “Even in the short few weeks that she has been here, she has already displayed a great knowledge in what needs to be done and she has been doing a great job.”

Rosenberger's background includes work with the National Park Service, several cultural resource management companies, consulting and working with many local tourist sites.

“I worked at many of the local seasonal tourism destinations including Benner's Camping and Cabin, Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Laurel Caverns, Seven Springs and Whitewater Adventures,” Rosenberger said. “I learned a great deal about the tourism industry during this time, but having seasonal jobs takes a toll because it always seems like you are bouncing from one job to another. Last year, I started at the Carnegie Free Library, and I worked on program development. I believe Connellsville has a lot to offer, so when I knew the chamber of commerce was hiring, I saw an opportunity to be a part of Connellsville's transformation.”

Rosenberger will take charge of the office and act as the liaison between visitors and members, as well as acting as the main source of information for the area in general, as she works to promote Connellsville and the surrounding communities.

In addition to her numerous duties, which include maintaining membership databases, planning chamber events and office work, Rosenberger said she is looking forward to getting out into the community itself to get more acquainted with the people of the area.

“I think the one aspect of the job I am looking forward to is meeting the people of Connellsville,” Rosenberger said. “I think it is important for growth to know and understand the businesses and let the businesses know you are there to assist them. When a community shows growth, it attracts other businesses. My goal is to get as many businesses in Connellsville to become a member of the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce and then work together to build relations that will improve the community. If we all work together for a common good, which is to make Connellsville a better and stronger community, we can improve its economic position as well as make it a more viable location for new businesses to set up shop and for the present businesses to expand.”

With the many planned improvements and developments that are beginning to take shape in and around the city, Connellsville is moving in a positive direction, and Rosenberger is thrilled to be an important cog of that forward movement.

“I am thankful that the board of directors are giving me the opportunity to work for the chamber, and I am also grateful to many of the citizens of Connellsville that have been supportive of my new position at the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce. I invite people to stop in to see the new chamber of commerce and drop me their ideas.”

The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce is at 100 S. Arch St.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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