The Syracuse Area Chamber of Commerce met Oct. 3 for their regular monthly meeting.  Dan Mauk, Executive Director for the Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation was the featured speaker.
Mauk is also a member of Southeast Nebraska Partners for Progress, a program that pools resources from Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson Counties in order to build stronger economies by working together.  He shared their regional goals of developing manufacturing and industry, cultural tourism, workforce education, and entrepreneurship.
In regular business, the Chamber members discussed upcoming activities and projects.  Karena (Danner) Cunningham has volunteered to chair the Tannenbaum Festival to be held Dec. 4, 2016.  
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carolyn Gigstad has been in contact with two designers for ideas on the new “Welcome to Syracuse” signs to be placed on the north and south ends of town. She envisions using large rocks for a unique, permanent welcome sign.  At this time they are in the planning stages and no decisions have been finalized.
The next Chamber of Commerce General Membership meeting will be held Nov. 7 at the Syracuse Public Library.