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Discover Aiken: Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce breezes through 100 years of service

September 23, 2018

It’s been 100 years since the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce first assembled, and 2018 was certainly not short on related celebration and marquee moments.

In June, the Chamber hosted hundreds of people and dozens of businesses for a cookout and trade show. Aiken’s city manager, Stuart Bedenbaugh, grilled and served hot dogs, and all the necessary toppings were available nearby. Live music was provided by OGR – Old Guys Rockin’, in other words.

“Our chamber members love it,” J. David Jameson said at the time, snow cone in hand.

Jameson, the Chamber president and CEO, said the Chamber unveiled a new headquarters in January. He described the building, located downtown along Richland Avenue, as “updated traditional.”

“This building was 20 years old, and it served us perfectly for 20 years,” Jameson said at the January open house. “Even though we didn’t feel like there was much that needed to be done, it was only after we had finished with it that we realized it was sort of stuck in the ’80s.”

“We push people in Aiken all the time to invest and reinvest,” Jameson continued. “We thought, for the centennial project, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. We need to lead by example. We need to lead.”

For more information about the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, visit aikenchamber.net.

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