In July, the chamber hired a new president, Diane Griest
, and embarked on a rebuilding effort.
"We are just in a flurry over the festival, let me tell you," Griest
said."We're working really well with the city.You'd never know there was any discord at all between the two organizations." Griest
said the chamber has about 200 members, while Belmont city records show that about 1,000 businesses operate in town.The chamber will be offering a 15-months-for-the-price-of-12 deal to new members at the festival.