The recent merger between the Carbon County Chamber and Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce continues to pay dividends for members.

Kasara McLaughlin, Director of Member Relations for the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp., discussed with members of the Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce recently the many benefits associated with the alliance.

McLaughlin explained how local businesses and professionals throughout Carbon can take greater advantage of their chamber membership.

She told chamber members, "As much as the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce can do for you, I know the Carbon County Chamber can do just the same."

McLaughlin was joined by Marlyn Kissner, executive vice president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Kissner said that in McLaughlin, "We have a gem. We're very, very excited."

She then thanked members of the Palmerton Chamber for their support.

"The chamber is grassroots; bottom up," Kissner said. "We're definitely here to make things happen, and to support you."

Peter Kern, president, Palmerton Chamber, said the GLVCC was an "asset."

The partnership between the chambers was struck in July, and went into effect Aug. 1.

Kissner previously said the partnership will support the economic vitality of the Carbon County community; will provide greater reach and strength for both organizations; and will provide Carbon and Lehigh Valley communities with greater opportunities and benefits.

She said the partnership was a result of the collaborative efforts among both chambers supporting one another's organizations over the past year by hosting joint networking events and working closely on business initiatives. The natural progression was to form a partnership that would benefit members across the board, from marketing opportunities to government affairs, Kissner said.

With over 20 partners, and nearly 6,000 members, the GLVCC is widely recognized for its commitment to regionalization, its progressive philosophy of establishing partnerships with other like-minded organizations, and its ability to continually provide members with relevant tools necessary for them to compete and succeed in this ever-evolving economy.

Each chamber continues to operate independently, and members of both organizations have access to networking events, member benefits and marketing opportunities.