MBA meets Wednesday, will elect board of directors


MANCHESTER —The Manchester Business Association will hold its first annual meeting and elect a board of directors to lead the organization at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Manchester Community Library.

The group, formed two years ago following the demise of the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce, is a 501(c)6 non-profit dedicated to marketing the town as a tourism destination. Over the past few months it held its first membership drive, and current dues-paying members will be eligible to vote at the meeting.

The MBA has also formed a partnership with the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, in which participating businesses who become MBA members become Chamber members as well. The Chamber is using those membership revenues to subsidize the staffing the visitors' center on the main roundabout, with staffing approved by the MBA.

Last spring, Manchester Town Meeting voters authorized $50,000 in funding for MBA from the town's local option tax revenue, of which $20,000 was shared with ITVFest. The group has focused on digital and traditional media marketing, as well as its own website.

Dues-paying members will be asked to vote on a slate of 10 officers. In addition to write-in candidates, the slate includes: Carrie Allen, senior vice president of business development, Heritage Family Credit Union; Jon Ams, vice president, Finn and Stone Insurance; John Burnham, general manager, Kimpton Taconic Hotel; Paul W. Carroccio, president and CEO, TPW Real Estate; Bill Drunsic, owner, Union Underground; Lana Hauben, president, Manchester Designer Outlets; Anne Houser, co-owner, The Mountain Goat; Anthony MacLaurin, retired executive and Manchester resident; Joy Proft, owner,JOY All Things Underthings; and Andy Reed, managing broker, Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty.



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