Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce new executive director reflects on new role

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce has a new man in charge. Stephen Christian comes to the Chamber after serving a decade as the executive director of the Berkeley County Development Authority. Christian believes his previous job prepared him for his current one.

“Having a strong familiarity with the marketplace helps me make the transition here,” said Christian.

With the Berkeley County Development Authority, he helped to more than double the organizations' staff and budget. And he was instrumental in helping to bring Proctor and Gamble to the Eastern Panhandle.

“We were able to grow the Berkeley County Development Authority and recruit some great new companies there, including Proctor and Gamble and,” said Christian.  

Christian is very optimistic and says there is a lot of growth along I-81 and in Franklin County.

“We're seeing commercial growth, industrial growth, commercial growth and we just want to be a part of helping that happen here in Franklin County,” said Christian.  

And for the immediate future, Christian says the Chamber is going to focus a lot of their efforts on increasing investments in Downtown Chambersburg. He believes with the growing population, it can make it difficult for employers to find enough resources.

“So, we're certainly working with our educational institutions with human resource companies and just really trying to tap into the workforce and try to grow the quality and quantity of the resources in this valley,” said Christian.

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