2016 is wrapping up, and the St. James Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for 2017 to begin. After a busy year of striving to rejuvenate the town’s commerce, pairing with local businesses and citizens, the Chamber has a clear set of goals moving forward into the new year.

2016 is wrapping up, and the St. James Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for 2017 to begin. After a busy year of striving to rejuvenate the town’s commerce, pairing with local businesses and citizens, the Chamber has a clear set of goals moving forward into the new year.
Incoming Chamber President Clifton Parker listed several of the Chamber’s goals moving forward, which including not only the ongoing stimulation of growth and expansion but to increase the coordination between the Chamber and local businesses. Part of this coordination will take the form of regular monthly meetings with business owners and individuals. When making specific plans for the future, Parker wants the local community members to be involved and have their opinions heard, and said he wants to put much of the process into the hands of the committees.
Clifton Parker, originally from Salem, has been living in St. James for the past three years and currently works as the Vice President and Branch Manager of Town and Country Bank, located on Jefferson Street. Having graduated in 2000 from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a degree in Finance and Banking, Parker says he’s been in this business since he graduated and is excited about using his experience to help the town.
“I’ve always taken leadership roles,” said Parker. “I think it’s my time to step forward and start helping the community.”
Parker mentioned his admiration for the city of St. James and sees why people are proud of the town and has even made a point to move his family to the town. Parker said he will have an open door policy and wants to make sure his time spent as President of the St. James Chamber of Commerce is spent improving the area for everyone who lives there.
Clifton Parker will officially take the position of Chamber President at the Chamber’s scheduled meeting on January 27. He said he is excited to work with Deb Parton and the rest of the Chamber staff, and is looking forward to the work they will be able to do together.