Change gives Chamber new life

By Joe Lee III

The Board of Directors of the Grenada County Chamber of Commence took a giant step toward progress at its regular monthly meeting this week.

The board unanimously voted to merge with the Greater Grenada Foundation for Economic Development, parent organization of the Grenada Economic Development District.

“This is the best thing that has happened to the chamber in recent years. This move will allow more resources to be put toward economic, retail, and community development,” Chamber President Steve Gard said after the Tuesday morning meeting. “It will allow the chamber to grow and become an even stronger player in retail development and future progress of the Grenada area.”

Gary Worsham, executive director of the Grenada Tourism Commission said, “With this new arrangement we can reap benefits we can’t even imagine.”

“It is a sign of community unity, and I am excited about the future of Grenada,” Worsham added.

Matthew Harrison, executive director of the Grenada County Economic Development District said, “The Greater Grenada Foundation for Economic Development is excited about the future possibilities that this consolidation represents.  The GGFED and the chamber’s mission have always been to impact our community through job growth and sustainability.

“We now have the opportunity to utilize our resources and leadership to develop a singularly-focused organization that is committed to Grenada’s community economic development.” Harrison added.

(See the Opinion Section of for a more in-depth statement from Harrison and additional details about this step forward.)