In 2003, the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce was formed to enable the Chamber to assist more members. The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce acts as an umbrella organization to support the local government in the areas of economic development, business advocacy, and community development of the affiliates in which it manages including Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Plymouth, Wolcott, and beyond. These affiliations under the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce umbrella, are able to be part of a much larger collection of businesses, creating a stronger voice to advocate for business needs. The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce is recognized as one of the largest chambers in the state of Connecticut and has become a proponent for economic and community development across our region.
In early 2020, the Farmington Chamber of Commerce began a strategic planning process to review its organizational structure to identify opportunities for continued growth. Through that process, the Farmington Chamber concluded that to best serve the businesses, civic groups and community organizations, and the residents of the Town of Farmington it would be prudent to expand their relationship with the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. This process was modeled after the previous completed merger of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce with the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. “As we move into the future, it is imperative that chambers of commerce work together to provide support and advocate for our members. Working together in a regional environment allows the Central CT Chambers of Commerce to have a bigger impact on regional and state issues, while continuing to support our Shop Local – Chamber First initiatives. We welcome the Farmington Chamber of Commerce to the regional Central CT Chambers Commerce and look forward to supporting the Farmington business community in the same manner as Bristol, Burlington, Plymouth and Wolcott.” said Board Chair, Paul S. Lavoie, General Manager of Carey Manufacturing and Floyd Manufacturing.
The new organization structure will streamline the day to day operations and improve efficiencies. By being represented through the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, the Farmington Chamber of Commerce members will continue to have the same access to best-in-class events, programs, and legislative advocacy amongst many other important initiatives that are undertaken by the regional chamber relationship. Membership, including dues structure, will not be impacted; the current Farmington Chamber members will roll seamlessly into a Central Connecticut Chambers relationship. Cindy Bombard, President & CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers states “The Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce is excited to deepen our relationship with the Farmington Chamber members and will continue to offer the programs, events, and advocacy you’ve come to expect from our regional chamber.”
For more information, please contact the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce at (860) 584-4718 or visit www.centralctchambers.org.