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Chamber, CVB look to future

By Staff | Oct 25, 2019

The Rugby Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors’ Bureau has launched a search for a new executive director after the resignation of Darylanna Durkee.

The presidents of both agencies’ boards of directors told the Tribune they expected events slated for late November in Rugby to continue as planned.

Both presidents said they anticipated few disruptions in their search for a new executive director.

Rugby CVB Board President Corey Geiszler said he didn’t foresee many hurdles to fund the position, which devotes 20 hours a week to CVB business and 20 hours a week to chamber of commerce duties.

“The CVB has always gotten funding from the restaurant/lodging/hotel/motel taxes,” Geiszler noted. “That’s where our funding comes from. The chamber is funded through memberships.”

“We’ve had multiple directors over the last several years, and as they move on, we will again be on the lookout for another executive director,” Geiszler added. “We’re waiting for the (Rugby) city council to clean up some ordinances to continue funding as it has been since the CVB started doing this in 1984.”

Rugby Chamber of Commerce Board President Ashley Berg told the Tribune, “We’re going to be looking for a new executive director for the chamber of commerce. We’re actually excited.”

Reading from a written statement, Berg continued, “We just want to reassure members and the public that we are going into 2019-2020 with great enthusiasm for new things. We will continue to search for an executive director for the chamber of commerce and that the chamber of commerce is dedicated to supporting business expansion and retention.”

“With that,” Berg added, “We are excited to announce that Parade of Lights will be November 30, Saturday, and that is our next big event and that more information for a time schedule about that will be coming out.”

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