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The Newark & Licking County Chamber of Commerce
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Elizabeth S. Welsh Elizabeth Welsh is President of the Newark and Licking County Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held for sixteen years.She was formerly associated with the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber as assistant director.She specializes in industrial economic development and has been instrumental in locating most of the manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution facilities in Licking County during the past decade as well as assisting in the expansions of many companies already operational here.She as born in Pennsylvania, the older daughter of H.C. and Genny Kerns Shank.She and her sister, Clair, grew up in Lancaster, Ohio, when her father was transferred to the corporate headquarters of Anchor-Hocking Glass.She lived near Lancaster, attended Ohio and Miami of Ohio Universities, majoring in fine arts.She married in 1968 and raised two sons, Ted and Chris, first in Lancaster and later, in Newark.During her active career in chamber management and economic development, she has held positions on many boards and councils, including the American Heart Association, Fairfield County Hospice Program, Ohio State Women's Day Conference, Carl W. Brown Twig III president, Lancaster Parent League president, Lancaster Hospital Inter-Twig Council vice-president, St. Mary Grade School Parent-Teacher Association president, New Horizons Drug Abuse Board, Co-Founder of Lancaster Lamaz Association, Co-Founder of Southeastern Ohio Tourism Council, SEORC-HUA, American Chamber of Commerce Communications Council, Lancaster Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Private Industry Council #17, Central Ohio Regional Consortium, Ohio Development Association, Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio, Power of The Pen Inter-Scholastic Writing, and others.Awards include: YWCA Women of Achievement, Columbus County-Wide Development Corporation Economic Developer of the Year, 1984 Outstanding Young Woman in Business Award, National Association of State Development Associations Award.Mrs. Welsh was selected as one of the "Ten Most Influential Women in Licking County" by The Advocate newspaper and was selected in inclusion in Denison University's Political Leadership Course Study, "Women and Leadership in Licking County, Ohio".She is a member of Newark Rotary, The Ohio Development Association, The American Economic Development Council and a number of other organizations associated with economic development.She was honored in 1999 by the Ohio Cancer Research Associates for her contributions to the Licking County Community at a recognition dinner and "saute".Mrs. Welsh lives in Newark and credits the support of her family, the skills of her staff and the quality of her community for any and all of her success in life.
NEWARK, Ohio - Longstanding Newark & Licking County Chamber of Commerce President Elizabeth Welsh today announced her retirement from the Chamber's leadership, but will remain active in the business advocacy organization as an economic development advisorThe Chamber's board of directors has named fellow board member Cheri Hottinger interim executive vice president.Hottinger will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Chamber during the search for a new president. "Both the board and Elizabeth think the best way the Chamber can continue to serve its members and the community is with a new, and perhaps unique, arrangement that will put the leadership of the organization in new hands while utilizing Elizabeth's talents in industrial economic development," said Chamber board chair-elect Inalee Tan."New leaders bring new vitality and ideas, and it's time the Chamber had a new leader," Welsh said."I'm heartened that the board has decided to hire Cheri on an interim basis.She has strong community experience and contacts, and is an excellent leader.She and I will work well together while the Chamber charts its future course.""The focus of the board is to keep the Chamber moving forward during this period of transition and reenergize the effort to serve our members," said Hottinger."We'll also continue advancing the economic development of Newark and Licking County, and there's no one more experienced to aid in that effort than Elizabeth." -more- CHAMBER PRESIDENT WELSH RETIRES - 2"We are pleased Elizabeth will continue to consult with us on economic development," said Tan."Elizabeth has long been acknowledged as one of the best economic development practitioners in the state, and her contributions while Cheri is managing the organization and the search committee is screening candidates should make for a smooth transition.It's a good solution for everyone."Welsh had nothing but praise for the Chamber board."There was quite a bit of speculation as to what was going on between the Chamber and me," she said.
County reviewing CVB's contract - newarkadvocate.com
Elizabeth Welsh, executive director of the Chamber, said the commissioners are trying to take over where they have no jurisdiction. "There does seem to be some innocuous or willful misinterpretation of the managerial and fiduciary responsibility for this whole operation," Welsh said."They'd like to spend the money." The dispute between the commissioners and the Chamber boiled over into some sharp words, put into writing. On the cover of the Chamber's December newsletter, Welsh wrote: "Sometimes government rides to the rescue when nothing untoward is afoot.In the Chamber newsletter, Welsh wrote that the money has been spent exactly as the law provides, but as the pot of money has grown, so has been the temptation of government to spend it. "It's an election year and politicians have an appetite for making just about anything into a meal," Welsh wrote.
Chamber president to fulfill new role - newarkadvocate.com
NEWARK -- Elizabeth Welsh announced her retirement Monday as president of the Newark and Licking County Chamber of Commerce, ending 18 years in the position. The announcement ended weeks of uncertainty about Welsh's future with the Chamber, sparked by her March 18 letter of resignation and the Chamber board's delay in accepting it. She will, however, remain involved as a paid economic development advisor to the Chamber, which now begins a four-month search for a replacement. Welsh offered her resignation as Chamber president two months ago, following an 8-7 board vote against terminating her tenure as president.Two board members were not present for the vote. The Chamber board did not immediately accept the resignation, and attorneys representing Welsh and the Chamber have been working on an agreement ever since. "There's no secret this was a stressful year and caused me to rethink my priorities," Welsh said Monday."She will not physically have an office at the Chamber, but do advisory work through me," Hottinger said of Welsh."On the one hand, it is sad because (Welsh) did a lot of things for Licking County, but I like the idea we can still rely on her economic development expertise." Since she offered her resignation, Welsh said she had a change of heart about cutting off all connection with the organization to which she has devoted much of her life. Community leaders and board members asked Welsh to reconsider. "They said, 'Do you really want to step out of it?If there's something you can do, do you want to do that?' After you've been in a position so long, it's sometimes hard to disengage, and this is a good way to do it," Welsh said. The Chamber's oversight of the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau has been another controversial issue this year, with the County Commissioners terminating its contract with the Chamber for the bureau's operation. The commissioners questioned Chamber spending on bureau operations and sought more oversight of the bed-tax money collected from guests staying at area motels and hotels. When asked if the bureau controversy played any role in her decision, Welsh responded, "I'd be less than honest if I said it didn't, but that wasn't really the biggest thing. "If anything, the bureau issue helped crystallize some ideas I had for awhile," she said.
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Elizabeth Welsh, Director, Newark and Licking County Chamber of Commerce