Smithfield: Opinion

Chamber committed to helping make Smithfield-Selma schools better

The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce appreciates the participation of citizens, business people and educators in its first Community Conversations event on Nov. 30. The chamber’s objective was to determine ways the community can increase its involvement and engagement in public education. The event was the first in a planned series of practical, results-oriented conversations the chamber will host on a regular basis. As we plan those future forums, we ask for your input about economically driven topics that interest you.

In June of this year, the chamber’s board of directors released a position statement on public education. The board acknowledged that true success is dependent upon the public’s commitment to collaboration and the establishment of a common agenda that provides solutions. We believe that our schools are a shared responsibility between the school district and our local communities. A copy of our position statement can be found on the chamber’s website at

We ask residents and business owners to join us in meeting this objective. The chamber is committed to leading a collective effort that will result in increased involvement, greater community pride and sustainable economic revitalization. Please call the chamber at 919-934-9166 to offer your time or ask questions.

Crystal Roberts

2015 Board Chair

Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce