Zebulon Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Valentine will leave her post at the end of this month. It is Zebulon’s loss. Valentine has been a tireless advocate for the business community in Zebulon and she has worked with other area chambers to put on programs and offer services that benefit all business people.
When she came to the Zebulon chamber post, she had some brief chamber experience under her belt from a stint working at the Wendell Chamber of Commerce. That experience served her well as she moved into a leadership role in Zebulon.
She has been an innovative leader during her time with the Zebulon chamber, establishing and promoting new programs and, always, advocating for the arts in Zebulon.
And, if advocating for the arts seems a bit far afield, think again. The health of a local town’s arts community is a leading indicator in terms of its economic condition and quality of life. An active, involved arts community suggests to those looking to locate a business in that town, that the people there care about the finer things in life and that they have the expendable income to enjoy it.
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Valentine has recognized that and worked hard to promote the town’s reputation within the business community. And, if that’s not enough, she did so during one of the country’s (and region’s) most traumatic economic struggle. Her skills will be missed.