The Tuskegee Area
Chamber of Commerce
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We are still waiting for a decision from the U.S. Air Force concerning the Leonardo DRS T-100 trainer jet, which will be a game changer for this community. "When We Win" is our attitude. Leonardo DRS chose Tuskegee as the site for a manufacturing plant and the company's decision was based primarily on respect for the Tuskegee Airmen.
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Leonardo DRS T-100
As Chamber President, it is my job to work with my fellow Chamber officers and members to improve the climate for local businesses.
This is why my message is “A Call to Win.”
When you think about a calling on your life, you know this is a force you just cannot fight. It is your destiny. This is the theme for the Chamber beginning in 2018. This message is a declaration about Tuskegee and Macon County that emphasizes “A Call to Win” for this community.
At a dynamic meeting attended by a record setting crowd, the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) ushered in a new beginning. The past pleasantly converged with the present as Judge Deborah Biggers, who is a former Chamber President, officiated the swearing-in ceremony. This procedure legitimized the officers who will govern the Chamber for the next two years.
Loretta Alexander is President. The other officers are Roland Vaughan-Vice President, Bobby Davis-Treasurer and Fred Flowers-Secretary.
At the meeting held on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Henderson Hall on the Tuskegee University campus, the theme was “A Call to Win” and these words have powerful significance.
Ms. Alexander said let’s start talking positively about where we live and suggested that “wins” are all around us. People are initiating projects that are improving the community such as Dr. Olga Bolden Tiller who purchased the former Macon Gardens apartment complex and is restoring the property to provide new affordable housing options.
A highlight occurred during the meeting as an executive with the T-100 project delivered a pre-recorded congratulatory message to the Chamber. Joe Militano, Vice President of Communications at Leonardo DRS said the company is looking forward to winning the U.S. Air Force contract and building a manufacturing plant in Tuskegee. He also said he is impressed with the level of grass roots support the T-100 is getting from the local community.
People were excited about the new committees within the Chamber and a number of volunteers signed up for service. And there was a touch of royalty at the meeting with the presence of Jessica Lillian Dedeaux, the reigning Miss Tuskegee University. As fate would have it, the meeting coincided with Mayor Tony Haygood’s birthday and this sparked a celebratory moment.
The first Chamber meeting of 2018 ended with a Mardi Gras themed reception catered by Lenora Goode with Goodetymz Events and Concierge Services. On behalf of the Chamber, I thank everyone who attended the meeting in spite of the stormy weather. And I also classify the meeting as a “win” in the way that it repositioned the Chamber, fostered networking and galvanized the community concerning business matters.
TACC Executive Director
The Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is in a period of reform and we are excited about this upward trajectory. TACC is a member driven organization that speaks with the collective voice of the entrepreneurs who have invested in this community. We have tackled critical issues brought to us by members including the failure by local financial institutions to practice community banking. Empowered by optimism, TACC envisions a promising climate for today’s businesses and a solid foundation for future businesses.
Welcome to Macon County, a progressive rural community with bountiful agriculture, powerful history and a lifestyle that is “Easy Like a Sunday Morning,” to quote Lionel Richie, one of our native sons who is a legendary songwriter. Macon County is comprised of four municipalities – Tuskegee, Shorter, Notasulga and Franklin.
With easy access to bustling cities within a short driving distance, Macon County is home base for an enjoyable way of life. Montgomery, which is the capital city of Alabama, is about a 30-minute drive and Auburn, a city that consistently ranks in the top 10 best small cities in the nation, is about 15 minutes away. Macon County is blessed with many precious resources and our brand of hospitality makes everyone feel welcome.