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Year End Message
December 17, 2009

Hello. And welcome back to “At the Center.”

If you are like most people, you are probably more than ready to close-the-book on 2009.

A pro-longed recession, rising unemployment, a protracted state budget process, the swine flu epidemic. Heck, even Tiger Woods isn’t who we thought he was.

Hopefully, however, in being ready to close the book on 2009, you are doing so with a belief that there will be better days ahead. That promise holds strong for 2010.

We join you in your optimism and look forward to playing a partnership role with you in the community comeback. A comeback that, I am sure, will be uniquely Lancaster and will, once again, underscore the strong work ethic, entrepreneurship and resourcefulness of our local economy.

Yet, while I am happy to suggest that 2010 will be the “Year of the Recovery,” I also don’t want to minimize the hard work involved by all local businesses to be a part of it. And the hard work that was required this past year to just “stay in the game.”

Lay-offs, cost-cutting and adjustments are tough work. And we know many of you had to be more exclusively focused on your day-to-day operations than ever before.

Our sincere thanks to you, our members, who stuck with us through this year and who found our products, services and issue advocacy to be of value. A special thanks to those who took their membership a step further and volunteered with us, ensuring that we remain in touch with your needs and concerns and deliver programs of relevance and value.

We know your time, talent and treasure are more valuable than ever, and we greatly appreciate the fact that you choose to share some of it with us this past year.

While you may be ready to say goodbye to the year-that-was, the fact of the matter is you made it. And that alone is worth celebrating.

Next year we hope to celebrate even harder as we work with all of you to get back on track in our collective efforts to build Lancaster County into a model of prosperity for 21st Century America, and while we work to do that, please remember to buy local.

On behalf of The Chamber Board of Directors and staff, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a Happy –and prosperous—New Year.

Until next time, stay informed, stay engaged and stay with us, At the Center.

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