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As in many economically successful communities, change has been a constant in the greater Carlisle area. Household names and key employers from the past are gone, but always replaced with businesses geared for ever-evolving economic demands. And, for the last century, the Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce has been the "go to" group for those transitions.

"Carlisle was very, very dependent on manufacturing from the early 1900's, really up to the last decade," explained Chamber president, Michelle Crowley. " And we've seen the growth of the service sector. So I think the chamber has had to be flexible and adapt to all those changes."

The Chamber was there for Jeffrey Goss nearly 20 years ago when he and his wife wanted to open the Market Cross Pub in Carlisle's busy downtown.

"They came to my door and helped me out with 'Hey, there is this program available'," said Goss. "Or, they offered other info you might need."

Chamber Board of Directors member Nora Habig says the Chamber is there for all businesses, from corporate size down to mom and pop shops.

As an executive with M&T Banking, Habig sees first hand how the Chamber of Commerce interacts with area businesses.

"I think the Chamber is doing a phenomenal job in keeping in touch with the issues of the day," she said. "And they are helping businesses in the community deal with those issues."

The look and makeup of the Chamber has changed over the years, but the group's core mission remains the same today as it was in 1913.

"We continue to work to make sure that we have a nice, safe, happy, healthy vibrant community for everybody that lives, works and plays here," explained Crowley.

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