The Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce is making some changes, including bringing its focus back to Jim Thorpe tourism.

It will also be changing its name.

One thing that will remain the same as the organization moves forward, is that it will still be a strong asset for area businesses who benefit from tourism.

Last month, the Jim Thorpe Chamber decided that it would separate from the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, which is beginning the process of merging with the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation. The split does not mean the two entities will not support each other's operations in the future, rather it now means there will be more opportunities for help.

Dan Hugos, president of the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce, said via telephone, that the group will continue operating as it has been doing for the past seven years.

"We're just formalizing what we think will be a more beneficial arrangement for both organizations," he said, noting that he feels this will be beneficial because it will provide businesses and other organizations with a much clearer understanding of what is available.

"I personally don't see any functional changes happening," Hugos continued regarding the overall operations of the soon-to-be renamed Jim Thorpe Chamber.

The Jim Thorpe Chamber will continue operations as it has, but focus in on the area it knows best; while the Carbon County chamber will promote area businesses and organizations throughout the county.

"We think that this sort of further definition of our functions will make it clear, not only to visitors, but to all the residents of Carbon County whether it is best to join one, the other or both."

Hugos added that he hopes that groups will join both chambers to help build stronger networks.

"We think all will benefit from this. It's very positive and we think it's a good thing," he said.

Dawn Ferrante, chairperson of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, added that the Jim Thorpe Chamber's decision to separate from the county chamber will help make the organizations stronger overall.

The Jim Thorpe Chamber is now working on adjusting its bylaws and finalizing other formalities. It is also working on creating a new name for the group that will help build a strong brand for the organization.

Hugos said that the group plans to unveil its new name at its May 15 mixer at the Broadway Grille.

He said information on the group and the mixer can be found on www.jimthorpe.org [1].