Chamber Reacts to City Council Membership Withdraw
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. On Thursday the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce reacted to the city council decision to withdraw membership from the chamber. President and CEO of the chamber, Diane Schwenke, tells NewsChannel 5 that they are disappointed and would like to see the city remain a member. She adds it is in the best interest to voters and business owners for the two to work together. However, the chamber says they will continue to endorse both candidates and issues in the future. "I think there are some hurt feelings with current city council members, I think emotions may have driven this decision. And again, it's a decision that every city council will make as they set budgets and determine where they're going to put their funding," Schwenke said. As far as the $6,000 financial hit from the membership withdraw, Schwenke says the chamber gained 30 new small businesses in this last month, which compensates for that amount. Schwenke said the chamber will continue to work with the city, whether they are a member or not. She adds that they chamber looks forward to working with the new city council in the future.