New executive director of Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce speaks at virtual meet and greet

Published 4:37 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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A virtual meet and greet was held for Joy McCray, the new executive director for the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce, on Wednesday.
Various individuals partook in the event to wish McCray well and make contact with her.
As she spoke, she explained some of the new plans in place now that she has stepped into the role.
“I think our biggest priority and our theme this year is getting back to basics,” she said. “What we’ve done and what the chamber has been able to do over the last couple of years has built a really good foundation, but we need to make it stronger.”
According to McCray, one of the initiatives will be leadership.
“Through different workshops and different trainings and different activities we will have, I think it’s something a lot of our members can really tune into.”
Prior to elaborating on plans further, she prefaced they are dependent on things with COVID-19.
One plan we will see soon involves the launch of a virtual chamber this summer. Which is available to any member, any time, on their dashboard. She said this will include trainings and workshops on specific topics.
“We welcome all of you. If you have a specific topic you think would be great, we will research it, find the expert,” she said.
She said the first topic will be on how to use ZOOM, beyond basics but for work use to benefit the member. McCray explained that what is unique about this virtual chamber is that it will still contain a hands-on element.
“There is a purpose and a place for a virtual chamber in your business, especially moving forward,” she said. “Beyond COVID.”
Another aspect McCray said will be part of getting back to the basics will involve how we network and keep up with individuals.
She said she hopes for future in person plans for the fall, but they also do depend on COVID.
For more information on McCray, the chamber has a full bio on their website at You can contact her via email at joy@elizabethtonchamber.comwith any questions.
“We know the chamber needs to ramp it up,” she said, “We have a lot to do in this community, a lot to serve, so if you have any suggestions, we are certainly open to it.”

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