The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, January 28 at “The Building” in beautiful downtown Fort Payne. This year, the Chamber decided to recognize some outstanding community partners: DeKalb-Cherokee Gas, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative, Fort Payne Improvement Authority, and Fort Payne Water works. These partners serve as the motor that keeps Fort Payne running, so it seemed fitting that they all received some well-deserved recognition.

Our guest speaker was lifetime entertainer Karen Mills, known best for her appearances on Sirius / XM Comedy Channels and her new comedy special “Pink Pants”. Karen provided top-notch entertainment, with a show that left the crowd in tears from laughter.

We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Dr. Andrew Hester and staff at DeKalb Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; we appreciate your sponsorship and support of the Chamber as well as the Fort Payne community. We would also like to thank the following table sponsors: DC Gas, FTC, FPIA, Southern Properties, First Fidelity Bank, Puro Clean, Turf Tamers, DeKalb Foot Clinic, Jamie Gray Insurance, Heritage Wire Harness, GH Metal Solutions, DeKalb Regional Medical Center, Dr. Anthony Vizzinia, Americas Best Care Plus, The City of Fort Payne, Ladd Engineering, Carter’s Beverages, Greenhill Engineering, Watson & Neeley, C&H Drugs, Southern Torch, Twin City Used Cars, Holiday Inn Express, DeKalb Animal Hospital, and First State Bank.

Additional thanks to Karen Mills for joining us, and a huge thanks to our honorees for everything you all do in our community to make Fort Payne the best place in North Alabama to live and do business. Lastly, we would like to thank the Rising Leaders of DeKalb and the Fort Payne Three Arts Club for serving and ushering at the event.

Most importantly, thank you to our Chamber Members for your confidence and support of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce. We appreciate you and hope to keep earning your confidence every year. We are looking forward to great things in 2020, and we are so excited to continue growing alongside our businesses.

If you would like more information about the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, you may reach us at 256.845.2741 or email us at We look forward to working with you!