Somerset County Chamber of Commerce

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 The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting this region as a superior locale in which to live, work, vacation and conduct business.  Membership consists of all sizes of businesses representing agriculture, financial, health, manufacturing, media, retailing, service, and tourism.  Membership also includes various organizations such as service clubs, churches, elected officials, and individual associate members.  The common thread is that all members share an interest in enhancing and improving the economy and quality of life in our region through networking opportunities

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What We Do


             The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce as we know it today was organized in August 1912 under the name of the Somerset Board of Trade.  Its forerunner was the Merchants Association.
            In 1918, the organization became known as the Somerset Chamber of Commerce.  On July 19, 1921, the group was incorporated.
            The first president of the new corporation was W. Curtis Truxall.  The first manager was S.T. Cunningham.  The first executive director of the Chamber of Commerce was Robert Kline, who was hired in 1957.  He was given a fee of $250.00 per month for expenses.
            It was on February 1, 1969, that the Chamber hired its first “paid” executive director, Gene Stayrook.  Stayrook was also the executive vice president of the equally active Somerset County Development Council.
            In 1971, the organization’s name was changed to the Greater Somerset Chamber of Commerce.  The name change was intended to broaden the service area to include Somerset Township and areas north of the borough to Route 30 and six to eight miles south.
            The Chamber experienced still another change in 1978 under the direction of Executive Director Edward Bowersox.  The board voted to change the name to the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce in an effort to further broaden the Chamber’s activities to all areas of Somerset County.
            Today the Chamber consists of over 750 members from all over the county and surrounding areas.  The Chamber currently consists of a full-time Executive Director, Office Manager, and Newsletter Coordinator and a part-time Tourism Counselor /Receptionist.


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601 North Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Office Hours: M - Thurs. - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact: Ron Aldom
Contact Title: Executive Director
Phone: 814-445-6431
Fax: 814-443-4313

Off of PA Turnpike Exit 110, Somerset, PA.  Two blocks from Somerset County Courthouse.

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