FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 6, 2019
Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and Johnson County Development Corporation announce intent to merge
New organization to create stronger, more unified economic development engine
Greenwood, Ind. –The Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and Johnson County Development Corporation (JCDC) today announced plans to merge the two organizations. The strategic merger will create a stronger, more unified engine to drive economic growth in Johnson County and south of Indianapolis. Greater Greenwood Chamber and JCDC boards voted in favor of the merger plan July 17. The plan now moves to the memberships of both organizations for a final vote.
“Economic development and the process of attracting new businesses has changed,” said Pat Sherman, chairman of the board for JCDC. “Johnson County and the area south of Indianapolis mean business, and this union better positions our region to attract companies considering growth or expansion.”
Chambers and other development agencies across the U.S. are joining forces to amplify the reach and impact of their complementary efforts. By aligning to offer a comprehensive, holistic approach to members, investors and customers, these unions expand services, strengthen reach and business advocacy, and better coordinate potential economic development opportunities.
“In 2017, the Greater Greenwood Chamber began researching how we could further advance the success of our members,” said Rick Myers, current board chair. “We approached this merger in a deliberate and measured way to ensure our members and investors receive access to expanded networking opportunities, best practice sharing, trainings and business coaching – all with a stronger voice to advocate for business interests.”
Members of both organizations will soon receive packets in the mail detailing the merger and voting processes. In the next two weeks, the Greater Greenwood Chamber will host two open houses for members to learn more about this proposed union. They will take place from 4 – 6 p.m. Aug. 14 and 20 at the Greater Greenwood Chamber office. Members from both organizations will vote on the merger Aug. 21.
If members vote in favor of the merger, the new organization will be named Aspire Johnson County and will do business as Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance. Greater Greenwood Chamber President & CEO Christian Maslowski will serve as president of the new organization, and JCDC Executive Director & CEO Dana Monson will be vice president of economic development.
“Greater Greenwood Chamber members are highly informed and actively engaged,” said Maslowski. “We are confident they will recognize the many benefits of combining forces with JCDC.”
“Member engagement is extremely important to our team,” said Monson. “This vote is a critical next step in the merger process, and we encourage all members and investors to learn more about the proposal and vote Aug. 21.”
Prior to the election of an official board of directors, the organization plans to appoint an interim committee featuring an equal number of members from both the JCDC and Greater Greenwood Chamber boards. The committee will review and approve financial and operational decisions. If approved, the new organization will formally launch Jan. 1, 2020.