Dear Chamber Supporters:
Happy 2020…this sounds different. I’ve had to write it a couple of times and it makes you stop and think. For those who want to write it as a Roman numeral it is MMXX and if you additionally want to impress your friends 2020 is the 20th year of the 3rd millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2020s decade. The Roaring Twenties in the 1900s was a time when many people defied Prohibition, indulged in new styles of dancing and dressing, and rejected many traditional moral standards.  Does any of that compare with today? We are back to the roaring 20s…and I think they will prove to be just as interesting as the 1920s!! 
From the Chamber we wish you all a very and successful Happy New Year!! We don’t say enough how much we appreciate all of you…our members. Without your willingness to join together to form a Chamber which advocates for our community, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish all we do. A week ago I looked back at all that was accomplished in 2019 – you all had a hand in the progress. Without your membership our community would be less…our organization would be less.
Banding together to speak in one voice gives us great strength…and through numbers comes progress. Did you know our Ottawa Chamber is over 100 years old? Here’s looking forward to this year and this decade…together we will make Ottawa and Franklin County an even better place to live, work, play and raise a family!! Hang-on…we will continue to make great progress!
Onward ~ John
John Coen
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce