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Chambers of commerce to merge in Mercer County

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MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

Members of two area chambers of commerce have voted in favor of a merger.

The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce will become one organization.

Here are the results of a membership vote:

Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Total ballots mailed - 211
Total ballots received - 102
Approve merger - 71 (70% of returned ballots)
Disapprove merger - 31 (30% of returned ballots)

Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce

Total ballots mailed - 310
Total ballots received - 127
Approve merger - 110 (86% of returned ballots)
Disapprove merger - 17 (14% of returned ballots)
Members of a joint committee on the merger say it will take the remainder of 2018 to work out the details. 
"This ongoing work will include items such as: settling on a new name, adoption of a dues structure, organization of the governing body, and adoption of procedures,” said Jason Reed, Chairman of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce. “It is important to note that current staff, programming, and office locations will remain the same.”

“Now that we have that clear mandate in hand from every level of our organizations, we will form the new Chamber and have it begin January 1, 2019 to represent the business community of our region," said Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Chairman Rebekah Ritter. 

All ballots have been counted and the votes have been certified. 

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