May 24, 2017

Carol Beddingfield

Executive Director


Chamber Chatter


I announced my plans to retire on October 15th to the Chamber Board of Directors at the May meeting.


I am truly excited about what life has to offer me and my family in the future. For many years as director of the DeKalb County Aging Programs, I offered counseling on how to make retirement more enjoyable.


Now, I do not think that you can truly make all the necessary plans until you just jump in the water and do it!


Having moved to Fort Payne over 40 years ago, I have watched our city face many challenges and accomplishments. The loss of the hosiery industry had great effects on a large portion of our citizens including my family.


Our City remained strong and created more diversification in industry and businesses.


The City is improving overall. The downtown revitalization program is beginning to take shape.


I am proud that the Chamber played a role in the program. The loft apartments will be an asset not only to the downtown area but also to the Chamber.


The Chamber Board of Directors are a very strong group of business leaders who will choose the right person to lead the Chamber into the future.


I have received great guidance from the various directors and the executive committees throughout the eleven years that I have served as Executive Director.


The Chamber’s mission statement has always been at the forefront of every decision the boards have made. I know the present board will strive to improve the goals to meet the objectives of the mission:  to enhance the quality of life through an improved climate of business growth.


Applications for the Executive Director’s position will begin sometime in July. I will provide the dates in a later Chamber Chatter or visit our website,