The Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and Montgomery County Economic Development were featured in presentations at Monday's Lunch with the League. Steve House, executive director of the Chamber, and Kristin Clary, director of MCED both assumed leadership positions this year and provided an overview of their organizations.

The basic mission of the Chamber is "to serve as an active leader in the advancement of the economic health of the county. In addition, the Chamber strives to promote the success of Chamber members by providing education and social opportunities, recognition of a business accomplishment and representation for concerns. The Chamber works to encourage a citywide government environment which understands the needs of business and supports the business community." The Chamber also sponsors community events that contribute to the well- being of business and the pride of Montgomery County's citizens.

The Chamber has six corporate sponsors: Nucor, R.R. Donnelley, Accelplus, International Paper, Hoosier Heartland State Band and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Crawfordsville and more than 250 members throughout Montgomery County.

On Sept. 4 the Chamber sponsored "Community Expo" on Chadwick Court at Wabash College with more than 100 vendors. Nearly 600 students, faculty and staff attended.

The first Legislative Breakfast was held Oct. 26 at which Kevin Brinegar presented the Indiana Chamber's priorities for 2014 legislative session. The next Legislative Breakfast will be held Dec. 7 in Detchon Hall on Wabash College campus at 8 a.m.

Tonight the Chamber will have its Community Christmas Parade Auction starting at 5 p.m. at the Crawfordsville Quality Inn. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Community Christmas Parade on Dec. 1.

Chamber Buck$ program has been very successful. The mission of the Montgomery County Economic Development, Inc. is "to serve as an active leader in the advancement of the economic health of Montgomery County, by serving as the focal point for business and industry growth, job retention, workforce development and economic development education that will result in a greater quality of life for the Montgomery County community."

Director Clary invited all to check the "Montgomery County/Crawfordsville Economic Development Plan 2012" which can be found on the MCED website. The 15-member board includes governmental and community leaders. MCED has five ongoing committees: Resource Development, Entrepreneurship Development, Marketing/Communications, Workforce Development and Planning Committee.

Clary highlighted strengths of Commerce Park, Ivy Tech, Memorial Drive, and Nucor Corridor for future development. She has visited twenty corporations & noted quarterly Executive Breakfasts and the MCED Annual Dinner. She stated that Crawfordsville should be known as a "college town rather than a town with a college."

MCED cooperates with many local organizations --the Chamber, Wabash College, Ivy Tech, Purdue Extension, Main Street, CEL & P, as well as IMPA,Tipmont, Duke Energy, MIBOR, and many others. MCED emphasizes a balanced approach to economic development.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All men and women are invited to join LWV where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. For information about the League, visit the website or send a message to LWV, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.