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Bluefield, Princeton Chambers to merge


It's been in talks for months, and now it appears two local chambers will be merging. The Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce and the Princeton-Mercer chamber are merging to become one, joint entity. The members of both chambers, over 500 in all, mailed in ballots that were counted by a joint committee. Roughly 78 percent of chamber members approved the merger. It's a moment that Bluefield Chamber CEO Josh Cline has been looking forward to, but, one Bluefield business owner we spoke with... isn't so sure. 

Cline says, ""I think it's great for the region. I think it's a positive. I think both Chamber presidents, myself and Robert Farley, have said that a larger region and a larger chamber, gives more clout. It reduces the number of memberships that business do have to buy in the chamber." But Beth Christopher, who operates the Blue Mountain Mercantile store, says "Well I think it could help the businesses... however, it probably won't. I think Bluefield will end up being the red-headed stepchild, and everything goes to Princeton!" 

The Joint Committee on Merger will hold a press conference tomorrow at noon, at the Mercer County Health Department.

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