Chamber reaches out to residents

From Lara Bowman

Executive Director, Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce


To better communicate with residents of Choctaw County, I will be providing a weekly column to the The Choctaw Plaindealer about activities and topics of interest regarding the Chamber of Commerce. The Choctaw Plaindealer staff has been a pleasure to work with over the past nine months and I am grateful for them allowing me the opportunity to share with you weekly.

I have found that a large majority of you read the Plaindealer weekly and the newspaper serves as an informative outreach tool. My goal is to communicate with as many residents in Choctaw County as possible through multiple channels. The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page is growing each week and helps me to reach one group of consumers. If you are not following the Chamber already then search for Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce. Our e-mail newsletter, Choctaw Chat, has been successful as well at reaching many of you. If you would like to receive the bi-weekly newsletter, please e-mail me at

Through this weekly column, I want to explore and share topics of interest relating to the Chamber of Commerce. Look for columns discussing the difference between the Chamber of Commerce and regional economic development, how the Chamber creates jobs in the community through local economic development, what does shopping local really mean, where does your seven percent sales tax go, community development, how the Chamber can help you start your own business and much more. In addition to exploring topics relating to the Chamber, I hope to share more about myself.

In the upcoming months, there will be changes coming to the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development District. I am researching and working with a committee to re-write bylaws to create a standalone Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors who will be elected to serve and guide the organization from the membership.

At any time if you have a concern or idea for our community, please contact me or stop by the Chamber of Commerce located at 55 East Quinn Street in Ackerman in the J.P. Coleman Building across from the courthouse. Every person who stops by our office brings a new perspective and opinion and not to mention I always learn something I did not know about Choctaw County. Just last week an out of town visitor from Atlanta, Georgia, stopped by to discuss preservation and restoration of the Cochran Hotel while in the county visiting family. Choctaw County is a great place because so many of you care and want the best for our county!

It’s a great day to be in Choctaw County!