THE OPELIKA CHAMBER
Private and public sector community leaders in the Opelika area will officially launch a $2.77 million initiative Aug. 26 to improve business locally.
The initiative, which will be implemented by the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, aims to address three specific challenges facing businesses in Opelika: attracting and aligning talent, growing businesses and quality jobs and creating a business hub.
“The strength of our public/private partnerships is crucial to our continued growth,” said Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller. “Forward Opelika and I have a shared mission — to ensure a successful future for our city. With this dynamic effort, we will expand opportunities and increase economic prosperity for those who have chosen to make
Opelika home for themselves, their families, and their businesses.”
A ceremony to launch the initiative will take place Aug. 26 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Opelika Public Library. Campaign co-chairs Race Cannon of the Samford-Cannon Foundation and Krizay Johnson of Baxter will be in attendance. Representing the Opelika Chamber will be Ali Rauch, president and CEO, and Dr. Linda North, board chair.
The keynote speaker will be Katie Britt, former president and CEO of the Alabama Business Council.
“Forward Opelika presents a historic opportunity for the Chamber of Commerce and our community,” said Amory Scott, campaign co-chair. “It’s inspiring to see local business leaders from all industry sectors come together to implement this ambitious initiative. It is time for each of us to step up and make significant new investments that will strengthen our access to talent for employers, provide resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs and build a business hub that will support our chamber and businesses.”