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Chamber helps during pandemic

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce has taken on a slightly different capacity during the coronavirus pandemic. Director Jerry Cunningham is not making visits. He has been able to keep connected as usual electronically.

The Chamber office has moved into a larger building on Barnett Boulevard from its Ann Avenue location downtown, a space that is shared with the Community Development Corporation.

"We're in and operating," Cunningham said. "It looks better having something in those windows on the main drag in town. It offers visibility and a place to have board meetings."

While there has been very little foot traffic since the move, Cunnigham stated that social distancing will not be an issue with the additional space. The Chamber of Commerce has continued to keep its membership in the loop with the latest on assistance for businesses during this trying time for so many.

"Some people have gained some benefits," he said. "I'm trying to send it out to the members. I've got someone at the Auburn Chamber that's keeping me up to date on things that can work for our community. We're trying to formulate some ideas in working with this new normal."

Cunnigham said that the outlook has been "surprisingly positive" so far.

"Some are hurting but making the adjustments and not panicking, which I think is encouraging. They have seen some outpouring from the community. Some of the local restaurants that I've talked to have been down, but they say people have been very supportive. Everybody's been affected to some degree. The key thing is to make sure that your look local because they need your help."