FROM THE PRESIDENT…
The Chamber has been busy this summer working to boost local business exposure and create new opportunities for our community.
Route 66 Run, Rally & Rock
A BIG THANKS to Edgewood residents and our surrounding neighbors who came out for this wonderful annual celebration. This year’s event easily broke records for participation and, from parade to fireworks, it was a day filled with smiles and good times. By all accounts, this was the best Route 66 Run, Rally & Rock in years!
I’d like to thank Rich Ford Edgewood and the Town of Edgewood (Mayor, Council and Staff) for their gracious support and promotions. Many local businesses and organizations stepped up to sponsor activities or volunteer their time, please indulge me as I recognize each: Edgewood Chamber members and board, Linda Burke, The Independent, EPCOR Water, SASS, Edgewood Lion’s Club, Edgewood Police Department, Mountain View Telegraph, ReMax Western Heritage, Denny’s, East Mountain HS students, East Mountain Shopper, Furniture Connection, KXNM Radio, Mr. Gas, PM2 Marketing, Smith’s, Windmill Water, and Wildlife West Nature Park. Thank you also to Grand Marshal Howard Calkins and Ambassador of Giggles & Grins Jo White for their service to the community and participation in the parade.
The Chamber was pleased to recognize the many decades of service Mrs. Josephine Bassett has given to the Edgewood community by requesting a town proclamation that declared August 6, 2016, as “Jo Bassett Day.” The proclamation was unanimously approved by the Edgewood Town Council, signed by Mayor Pro Tem John Abrams. Mr. Abrams also read the proclamation and presented it publicly to Mrs. Bassett at Route 66 Run, Rally & Rock.
Upcoming Chamber Events
Chamber events offer networking and informational opportunities, I hope to see all of you joining us for our upcoming Chamber events (see “Mark Your Calendar”).
New Executive Director
One final note, I want to share how very excited I am about the direction and enthusiasm being brought to not just the Chamber, but the community, by Mrs. Linda Burke, our new Edgewood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director (see “Meet Our New Executive Director”). We look forward to working with her to bring many great projects and events to fruition.
President, Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
Taking Pride in Our Community!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday/Sunday, Sept 3 & 4 – Annual Harvest Festival Weekend (Saturday Night enjoy live music and the final Chuckwagon BBQ of the season) at Wildlife West Nature Park, Edgewood (www.wildlifewest.org).
Thursday, Sept 22 (drop in 5-7pm) – Chamber Mixer hosted at Hug-A-Horse Thrift Shop (Old Route 66, east of Smith’s)
Thursday, Oct 20 (11:30am) – Chamber General Meeting guest speaker/location to be announced
Saturday, Oct 22 – Shooting Clays Fundraising Event hosted at Founders Ranch – details out soon, open to public, help spread the word.
Thursday, Nov 17 – Chamber Mixer – Interested in hosting? Contact Director@EdgewoodChamberNM.com
CHAMBER DIRECTORY UPDATES UNDERWAY
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IN THE WORKS…
“Shop Local” Holiday Edition – details out to members soon. It’s a great way for your business to gain attention with local residents and other businesses. By keeping residents’ dollars in Edgewood, it not only supports businesses, it supports the local families who work here, it keeps gross receipts taxes in our community to provide for local needs, and helps to reduce fuel use, emissions and wasted time by cutting down on drives to Albuquerque.
MEET OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
The Edgewood Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically announces our new Executive Director, Linda Burke, officially takes on the role September 1st. Earlier this summer, she led the way for 2016’s highly successful Route 66 Run, Rally & Rock celebration – which included our largest business expo ever! Linda brings energy, vision and a new focus to the Chamber. Her wealth of ideas and approaches will create a vibrant environment in which everyone can succeed together.
If you’ve been in Edgewood a while, you may recognize Linda. After a number of years living out of state, her family recently fulfilled their desire to return to Edgewood.
“There isn’t any place I’d rather live. Edgewood is a great community filled with friendly people and a wonderful spirit,” Burke explained.
From 2000-2003, Linda was very involved in the Edgewood community as a member of the Edgewood Parks & Recreation committee and Edgewood Chamber of Commerce. She was responsible for originating Route 66 Run, Rally & Rock, the New Mexico Wind Festival, Concerts with Nature, and the YES! (Youth Events for Summer!) Program. Linda was successful in getting grants for Edgewood organizations, starting the Arts Collaborative of Edgewood (ACE), and her work was twice recognized by the New Mexico Press Association while a staff writer for the East Mountain Telegraph (now Mountain View Telegraph).
Most recently, Linda ran a non-profit organization in the San Diego area, where she was instrumental in growing the organization’s service capacity by fifty percent from 200 to nearly 300 people. She did so in just four years through successful charitable campaign drives and volunteer recruitment.
The Chamber is looking forward to putting Linda’s many talents to work for our community! Feel free to contact Linda at Director@EdgewoodChamberNM.com.
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