The Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Portsmouth are on a mission to unify a community.
Portsmouth Today is a forum held every three months and will host their first meeting of 2020 Thursday, Jan. 22, at 9 a.m. in the Scioto County Welcome Center. The meetings are delivered by a series of speakers. The speaker’s highlight upcoming events, discuss community projects and listen to individual inputs.
“We always hear that there isn’t anything to do in this community, and it just isn’t true,” Joseph Pratt, executive director of Main Street Portsmouth said. “We always get questions about other events from people in the community, and we hope Portsmouth Today will better connect community members and planners so that everyone wins,”
Portsmouth Today is a chance for others to learn about some events in specific details. Looking for a way to better the community, Portsmouth Today believes a streamlined process of information is good for the betterment of the city.
“The Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Portsmouth and Scioto County Visitors Bureau all field questions daily about area events and general community information,” Lisa Carver, executive director at the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce said.
Carver believes it to be a great solution to spread information to the public. Carver said, she is a firm believer in face-to-face conversation, and while the accessibility of social media is great, a little face time is just what’s needed.
“Our missions align so well. Both organizations are committed to strengthening our community, and this is a perfect event to bring people together and share positive information,” Carver said.
The forums are organized to have a quick structured segment detailing the happenings of the town. After the presentation, community leaders, business owners and citizens have the floor and socializing is encouraged.
“Portsmouth’s Levi D. York was known for frequently remarking the idea, ‘What will help us individually will help us collectively,” A positive attitude, that is what Portsmouth Today wants to channel,” Pratt said. “We want to draw inspiration as we come together to celebrate our individual victories.”
The next event is scheduled for Jan. 22, at 9 a.m. at the Scioto County Welcome Center. The forums are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend Portsmouth Today. For questions about the events, call the chamber of commerce at 740-353-7647 or Main Street Portsmouth at 740-464-4501 or the community calendar can be found at www.portsmouth.org.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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