Early assumes role of chamber chairman for 2016

Jennifer Cohron
Posted 1/6/16

Lynell Early, vice president of PERC Engineering, will be serving as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County’s board of directors this year.

Early has been with the company since 1984 and has been a chamber board member since …

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Early assumes role of chamber chairman for 2016

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Lynell Early, vice president of PERC Engineering, will be serving as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County’s board of directors this year.

Early has been with the company since 1984 and has been a chamber board member since 2010.

The chamber’s five-year strategic plan, “Forward Walker County: The Future is Ours,” will continue to guide the board’s work in 2016, according to Early.

Board members hope to build on past success in the plan’s first key area, retail and commercial growth.

“We’ve been really happy with stores like T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby, Shoe Carnival and Petco coming here, and we’re looking forward to hopefully getting a full-service restaurant and a national clothing store to continue that growth,” Early said.

The chamber will also continue to partner with local groups in the area of education and workforce readiness.

This month, the chamber is collaborating with the Alabama Department of Labor, state Sen. Greg Reed’s office and other area economic development agencies on a job fair to assist local coal miners affected by recent layoffs.

Local fishing tournaments will remain the focus of the chamber’s tourism efforts in 2016.

The northern division of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series will kick off at Lewis Smith Lake Feb. 27. Later in the year, 13 episodes featuring footage from the tournament will air on Fox Sports Southeast.

High school anglers are also expected to visit the lake again this year for a tournament.

The Chamber will also continue training new community leaders this year through such programs as Leadership Walker County, Youth Leadership Walker County and Junior Ambassadors.

“All of these things wouldn’t be possible without our investors who have bought into the plan and these different initiatives. They enable us to do what we do, and we certainly appreciate them,” Early said.