Excel Sportswear’s Interview with our Featured “Design of the Week”
Name of Company: Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce (AVCC)
Industry Type: Nonprofit Organization
Year Established: September 2nd, 1943
Employee Count: There are 2 of us that keep the Chamber organized but our entire board of directors is comprised of community leaders who volunteer their time for our community.
Founding Location: Androscoggin Valley, Coos County of New Hampshire.
Areas of Service: Serving the Towns of Berlin, Gorham, Milan, Dummer, Randolph, and Jefferson, New Hampshire.
Description of AVCC: Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce is solely composed of volunteer efforts. We assist, promote and unite the Androscoggin Valley business community through education, events, networking and support; and through these partnerships improve the regional image and enrich the business and recreation experience.
Tell us about AVCC’s mission for the Regions it Serves: Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s purpose is to build a strong local economy and improve the quality of life within the communities it serves. Tourism drives our economy. In fact, our region has bounced back from an economic downtown primarily because the AVCC has focused its efforts on destination marketing. Our membership is comprised of many tourism-‐oriented businesses – retail, dining, and lodging businesses and attractions.
What is unique about AVCC? AVCC helps boost the revenues of our members. We continue to promote outdoor recreational activities and organize events designed to attract visitors from within and outside of New Hampshire. We have had great success introducing visitors to our region through our summer and fall ATV oriented events. We have found that once people learn about our region, they come back time and time again!
What are some of AVCC’s Recent Events: Jericho ATV Festival (featured in our Design of the Week images), Wingzilla, Riverfire, Zombie ATV Poker Run, Redneck Poker Run – Signature events such the ones listed here bring people to our area. They then return on non-event weekends and vacations. This boosts our local economic development!
The Androscoggin Valley is nestled amidst two of New Hampshire’s most scenic regions – The White Mountains and The Great North Woods – offering a variety of activities and attractions throughout the four seasons.