Meadows took time to highlight the Alabama Advantage program, which helps individuals interested in relocating or retiring to Alabama by providing information on areas of interest around the state.
After studying numbers and statistics for the state, as well as Walker County, Meadows told the chamber that Walker County boasts a much higher percentage of fishermen and hunters, as well as veterans who belong to clubs or boards and residents who serve on church boards.
Other statistics revealed that the most-used type of internet in the county is dial-up, followed by DSL and then cable modems. Meadows recommended discussion with various services to boost internet speed and service for the area, to increase martketability for home sales and business startups.
He cited the east Walker area’s potential via traffic studies. According to Meadows, traffic measurements near Green Top, on the outskirts of Walker County, register 30,000 cars heading into Walker County each day.
On the other side of east Walker, headed out of Sumiton toward Jasper, they registered just 15,000 per day.
“I see that as business,” Meadows said. He believes those numbers indicate potential customers for businesses in the area, making it a strong selling point.
Meadows also complimented the East Walker Chamber of Commerce for their initiative and, specifically, for the initiative of Executive Director Chee-Vee Whitfield.
“What impressed me about your chamber is that most people sit and wait for other people to knock on their door, she (Whitfield) was knocking on my door,” Meadows said with a laugh.
In other business:
•President Doug Ragsdale appointed a committee to organize the second annual 5k run for the Chamber.
•Whitfield informed members that the Chamber has secured a booth for the City of Sumiton’s annual Frog Festival, set for Oct. 6. She asked for volunteers to set up and man the booth.
•The next Chamber meet-and-greet will be held in Sumiton, but a date has not been set.
•Updates to the Chamber’s website will begin soon. Any members with changes to their listing or anyone who wishes to join the Chamber and have their listing added, should contact Whitfield immediately.