Two Eastern suburb chambers of commerce officially merged June 24.
The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce are now one entity, making the 81-year-old Greater Manlius Chamber one of the largest by membership in Central New York.
"We want to be the go-to source for people looking for information about the town of Manlius," said Marc Baum, president of the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce. "And this merger with the Fayetteville Chamber really gives us that opportunity to be the single clearinghouse for all kinds of information about business and community. It also gives us the opportunity to consolidate, to realize economies of scale and to carry on the traditions and pride we have in our communities and the events we do."
The more than 250-member chamber will hold its first official joint event during Independence Day festivities set for Saturday July 3 in the village of Manlius.
Additionally, members will begin to receive integrated monthly newsletters starting next week.
"We're excited," said Scott Hunter, an eight-year board member with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. "It was just a unanimous decision to make a solid move, to create a large organization of the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce, just for the greater good of the community."
Baum said a special committee has been formed to grant Fayetteville board members the authority to vote and attend meetings during the transition period.
The chamber is now active in all parts of the town of Manlius, including the villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa, as well as in East Syracuse, DeWitt and Jamesville.
"This is an opportunity for our members to really explore new horizons, some new people, some new networking," Baum said. "We're going to go places we haven't been before in the 81-year history of our chamber."