Message from the Chair

Carteret County is resilient and strong

John Hagle
2019 Chair, Board of Directors

Message from the Chair:

Carteret County is a wonderful place with a beautiful coast, desirable climate and friendly people. It is a place where some have lived a lifetime, others visit and many, after a visit, return as quickly as they can to live, work or retire. They create new businesses, join existing businesses, or retire to enjoy our pristine beaches, crystal waters and the rich historic shores. Even hurricanes do not discourage wanting to work and live in our wonderful area.

Your Chamber Board of Directors is a diverse group of business owners and associates, educators, health service providers, economy developers and tourism professionals. The board is committed to servicing its members and promotes civic and economic progress. The board and Chamber staff collaborates with and works together with businesses, residents, visitors, and local, state and federal government to preserve our beautiful natural environment and continue to strengthen our economic environment so that Carteret County continues to be a desirable place to live and where businesses are sustainable and can develop.

Your Chamber’s Business After Hours and Business Round Table events offer a setting where one can get to know other businesses and professionals and share information and ideas. The Chamber’s Business After Hours Expo offers new and existing businesses the means to showcase their products and services to existing and new customers. The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) of the Chamber recognizes the service of outstanding military personnel and continues to seek means to support the vital military operations in our area. The Public and Governmental Affairs Committee develops a legislative agenda that is communicated to and discussed with General Assembly representatives, soliciting their support on legislative actions that support local business and infrastructure needs. The Chamber’s Leadership Carteret program provides an opportunity to learn and visit businesses and points of interest for our county, while the Chamber’s Connect Carteret network offers opportunities for young professionals to share ideas for improving their business and network.

Our county with its crystal coast is growing and changing. New technologies and infrastructures, like expanding and improving internet services, health care services, educational opportunities and conversion of US 70 to Interstate 42 will provide existing and new businesses new mans of operation and continued growth opportunities.

Hurricane Florence was devastating to our county, but we are recovering. Businesses and residents are continuing to make repairs and come back strong. The strength and vitality of businesses, professionals and residents and your Chamber will continue to make Carteret County a wonderful place to live, work and visit.