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BY TOM BALDRIGE, C.C.E.,
President & CEO
Lancaster Chamber
Contact Tom at tbaldrige@lcci.com

OPEN TO ALL
Committed to Better Serving You and the
Needs of the Entire Business Community
As many of you may be aware, the
Chamber has been on a journey.
To some, the journey has been over the past few years as
we've taken apart our business model and assessed ways
to strengthen our value.
In reality, however, our journey has
been going on for decades, dating
back to July 22, 1872 when a group
of downtown Lancaster business
owners got together in the Cooper
Hotel at 35 East King Street to discuss
how they could work together to get
the City's roads paved.
The meeting was based on the premise that by working
together they could get something done that they couldn't
do by themselves. The meeting marked the birth of the
Lancaster Chamber.
Over the decades, the premise of getting something done
together that you couldn't do yourself provided the unique
value of the Chamber. And, it emboldened successive
decades of business people to leverage the power of the
private sector for the betterment of Lancaster County.
After achieving some success with the roads, attention
shifted to other significant projects aimed at improving
the business climate and overall quality of life in Lancaster
County. Projects like building schools, advocating for water
and sewer infrastructure, mobilizing around the War effort,
leading the charge for a local airport and helping to launch
local organizations such as the Lancaster County Community
Foundation, the Economic Development Company of
Lancaster County, Discover Lancaster, Leadership Lancaster
and the Urban League. Again, all of these initiatives

Cooper Hotel, 35 East King Street
(Photo courtesy of Lancasterhistory.org)

33 West Orange Street

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