Mercer Chamber of Commerce

Jill Cutler
Higher Education Collaboration
The Mercer Chamber of Commerce had been seeking an institution of higher education to come to our county. We did this partnering with other organizations. Campbellsville University was brought to our attention from chamber members in the church community as having a potential interest. The Chamber became the lead organization in facilitating meetings and housing an office to partner with the University to help bring it to fruition. After several months of outstanding reception by the community as a whole, a building was donated and plans to officially have a branch of the University were complete. Now the work of enrolling students and adding partners occurs every day. The Mercer Chamber of Commerce Board of directors was asked recently to be an official partner with the University and our chamber will now be housed with the new campus and the executive director is also hired with Campbellsville to coordinate the activities at the location. Our county Adult Basic Education will also be housed there. We consider this the best economic development our county has had in quite a while and are pleased that members, our Board and the University did what was needed to bring this about.




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