The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is building on their successful partnerships created by through their Downtown Driven Program to continue creating impactful projects that fit within the new schedules and business practices of the COVID19 era. As part of the 2021 Commerce & Community Strategic plan, the region’s chamber has secured a substantial research project t look at changes in how residents, second homeowners and visitors plan to utilize the LBI region for remote work, schooling and recreation. The organization has engaged Dr Brian Tyrell of Stockton University to oversee the survey who worked with the business community in a 2017 study. In addition to assisting with the research, the Stafford Commerce Committee’s purpose is to create impactful resources that assist visitors, residents and businesses.
As a town specific committee, it includes municipal leadership, nonprofit and business members to advise Southern Ocean Chamber staff on key issues and needs to advance important Stafford Township strategies. This insight can begin a cross community connection that will strengthen the quality of life and economic development that are key to future successes. The committee will be featured under the Explore Stafford section of visitLBIregion.com . The group is set to meet monthly, and includes: Core Members
Matthew von der Hayden – Stafford Township Administrator, Troy Sarro – 609 Security
Elizabeth Golla – Family Promise of Southern Ocean, Kate Krier Southern Ocean Chamber, Amy Costa- Cluck ‘N Crabs Restaurant, Lori Pepenella Southern Ocean Chamber and David Caldarella – David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation. This working group is open to additional members, by contacting Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about Stafford Township please visit, www.staffordnj.gov and to reach Southern Ocean County Chamber contact 609 494 7211 or go to www.visitLBIregion.com . The business organization has been serving the region since 1914 and operates a year round business & welcome center at 265 W Ninth Street in Ship Bottom.