Snapshot of the Chamber
Originally created in the 1880s as the St. Albans Board of Trade, the Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce has long supported the commercial, economic and cultural growth of this picturesque Northeast region. Early, humble initiatives, such as the distribution of the 1930 pamphlet “Picturesque St. Albans, Vermont’s Best Paved City in New England,” helped launch the area’s reputation as a vacation destination. Region-wide children’s x-ray programs and public adult education courses in shorthand and typing strengthened the local work forces of the time. In the late 1940’s the Chamber even tried its hand at a beauty pageant, complete with a swimsuit competition and a concert presented by the high school band. The “Annual Maple Syrup Festival” stood the test of time. Now independently managed, today’s Vermont Maple Festival is a must-do event, bringing thousands of visitors to Franklin County every spring.
Our community’s success remains a top Chamber priority. The Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce provides members with simple, yet essential resources and benefits with which to strengthen and grow individual businesses and in turn, our local economy. Your Chamber is a go-to resource, whether you are learning to navigate our new healthcare system, looking for business information or recommendations from among our members, or simply looking for something to do in our beautiful community. The Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce is here to help YOU!