Words and Images Special to The Walker Leader
The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County brought together hundreds of individuals from various local businesses and organizations on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at the Jasper Civic Center for their annual breakfast meeting. The event showcased the collective effort of individuals, businesses, and organizations working together to make their community stronger and more prosperous.
The meeting commenced with comments from Linda Lewis, President of the Chamber of Commerce, who highlighted the organization’s role in making Walker County a destination for tourists and visitors across the country. Lewis emphasized the significance of partnerships with key entities such as Bevill State Community College, the Walker College Foundation, the Walker Area Community Foundation, Jasper Main Street, and many more, all contributing to the region’s positive image and economic well-being. She stated, “We intend to continue that role in enhancing the quality of life and well-being of all citizens in Walker County. Our new chamber logo states just that, ‘planning, partnerships, progress.’”
The meeting’s keynote address was delivered by Senator Tommy Tuberville, who has been representing Alabama in the United States Senate since 2020. Senator Tuberville shared his inspiration for serving in Congress, rooted in his father’s service as a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient. His 40-year career as a college football coach brings a unique perspective to his work in Congress, where he’s become known for pushing back against government overreach, supporting the military, law enforcement, and the unborn.
In his address, Senator Tuberville spoke passionately about his role in Congress. He highlighted his commitment to representing the people of Alabama, saying, “I went to Washington D.C. to represent you and give the people of Alabama a voice.” He also expressed his unwavering support for the military and law enforcement.
Furthermore, Senator Tuberville shared his perspective on the current state of the country and his aspirations for improvement. He stated, “Even though we have great problems, we still live in a great country.”
Tuberville declined compensation for his appearance, and the Chamber of Commerce donated the funds to two local organizations, the American Legion Post 9 and the Jasper Police Department Honor Guard. Senator Tuberville joined in presenting these contributions to the recipients.
Additional comments were given by Alabama House District 13 Representative Matt Woods and current Chamber Board Chairman Jake Sanders.
Woods spoke about the pivotal role the Chamber has played in boosting retail and commercial real estate in the community. Woods credited the Chamber’s efforts for bringing in new businesses, which, in turn, created numerous job opportunities for Walker County residents. He emphasized, “The Chamber’s initiatives in tourism have also been remarkable every year. This Chamber organizes professional and high school fishing tournaments on Smith Lake, attracting thousands of anglers and spectators. These events would not be possible without the dedicated involvement of chamber members and community volunteers.”
Woods continued, “I am so grateful for all the chamber members and the outstanding board members, both past and present, as well as our investors and partner organizations, all of whom have played a critical role in helping move Walker County forward, making it a better place to live, work, and raise our families.”
Sanders highlighted the Chamber’s multifaceted role, emphasizing that it’s not just a business but a community resource. Sanders expressed gratitude to the chamber members, both big and small, for their unwavering commitment and contributions that strengthen the local economy. Sanders passionately stated, “There’s power in unity, and when we stand together, not only do our businesses grow, but we create a community that is resilient, prosperous, and contagious in success.” WL