Goshen chamber celebrates 60 years of business community growth

    Goshen chamber president David Daugherty reflects on the organization’s 60-year history and talks about moving forward.

    Posted on May 9, 2014 at 7:39 p.m.

    GOSHEN — The Goshen Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 60 years of advocating for the local business community.

    President David Daugherty said the chamber has been busy over the past six decades, giving input on public policy and education issues as well as making strides to improve the environment for local businesses to grow and prosper.

    “We like to say we’re the voice of the business community,” he said.

    The city’s chamber formed in 1954, but Daugherty said other groups had been working to support businesses as early as the 1890s. One of the chamber’s first projects was creating an entity called the Greater Goshen Association, which helped build the Goshen Industrial Park off of C.R. 38.

    “That was one of the first major things that the group worked on, and today, the industrial park is pretty full,” he said. “All of the land has been sold. You’ve got NIBCO, Berry Plastics, MasterBrand, Lippert Components and a variety of other different investors.”

    The city’s chamber represents roughly 540 businesses, according to Daugherty.

    During his 11 years as chamber president, Daugherty said he and his team have studied the availability of industrial land and buildings in the city.

    “Our role is to make sure the community is ready when a prospect arrives,” he said. “We need to make sure we have good roads and good infrastructure too.”

    Daugherty sits in on city council meetings and often speaks up when issues impacting businesses arise.

    “We’ve talked recently about the business personal property tax, and we’ve reviewed the city budget,” he said. “Those are just some examples of recent things we’ve looked at, and we’ll continue to do that. I’ll continue, and one of these days when I retire, the next chamber president will continue being a part of the city council meetings and attend those and have a good working relationship with the mayor and the city council."

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