Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce turns 100, and big names come to celebrate

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce turned 100 this year and brought some big names in to help celebrate.

Governor Kay Ivey, U.S. Representative Martha Roby and U.S. Senator Doug Jones spoke at the chamber's celebration luncheon on Thursday.

"Dothan can be proud, because the work that you have done for the past 100 years, is certainly building a strong future for the future,” said Ivey during her speech.

When the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce was established in 1919, its primary purpose was to determine the prices for cotton and other crops.

Over the last century, it's diversified and expanded to nearly 1,000 businesses.

"I think our business has grown four times over since we joined the chamber in 2011,” said Mattress USA Owner Dan Corley. “It's been one of the best investments I've ever made is being a part of the Dothan Chamber of Commerce."

The Chamber thanked some of its long time members and former leaders for helping make it what it is now,

Then the governor gave a shout out to Dothan’s leaders.

"The importance of a chamber of commerce is helping folks in the business community identify how they can build businesses and employ people and grow the economy,” sais Ivey. “The stronger a chamber of commerce is, the stronger the business community is."

After the luncheon, the Chamber held an open house to showcase its members.

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