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Timeline

1948

Gladstone Williams helped organize a chamber of commerce. He was also the first Chamber President.

  • Small park built on town square – for a children’s summer program.
  • Clinton Youth Council established – primarily for recreational purposes.
  • Youth Carnival becomes annual event.
  • Chamber works on several recommendations:
    • Planning & zoning board
    • Water & sewer improvements
    • Pushed for south bypass for College Street/Highway 80.

1950s

Weekly Treasure Chest drawings (local merchants)

  • Pushed for the first fire station, truck and fire chief.
  • Recreational opportunities were a major emphasis.
  • Idea of separate school district for Clinton is born.
  • Clinton Jaycees becomes active and along with the Youth Council, represent the primary advocates for change during this period.
    • Community center is built.
    • Community swimming pool is built.

1962

Clinton Baseball Association is formed and a field is built near Olde Towne.

1964

Planning & Zoning Commission is established.

1965

Clinton Chamber of Commerce is officially incorporated.

1965

Chamber supports efforts to build a city library.

1968

Chamber starts the “Citizen of the Year” recognition. Distinguished Service award is added later.

1970

Clinton Public School District is established.

1973

Parks & Recreation Department is established.

1980

Chamber supports the change to the ward system for electing city aldermen.

1983

A divided Chamber helps defeat the first North/South Parkway bond issue.

1983

The Arts Council is formed.

1985

Diane Newman becomes Executive Director of the Chamber. The Chamber becomes an active advocate once again.

1987

Chamber helps pass a bond issue to build a new Public Safety Complex.

1990

Chamber endorses bond issues to add air conditioning to Clinton Public Schools and the North/South Parkway. A/C passes – Parkway fails again.

1990

Chamber begins sponsoring the citywide July 4th celebration.

1991

Chamber begins the Leadership Clinton program.

1996

Chamber leads the support as the North/South Parkway wins huge legal battle.

1996

The original Kids Town Park is built from an idea generated by Leadership Clinton.

1998

City builds a new wastewater treatment facility.

1998

Chamber supports a $12.5 million bond issue to build the new high School.

2004

Chamber supports a $17.5 million bond issue for a new elementary school & athletic facilities at the high school.

2005

Chamber supports bond issue to fund Traceway Park improvements, Brighton Park, and a new Public Works Building.

2010

Diane Newman retires, and T.J. McSparrin is hired as Executive Director of the Chamber.

2010

Chamber supports a $23.5 million bond issue to build new schools and fund Improvements. Despite the poor economic climate – the bond issue passes with a record approval rate of 87%.

2012

The Chamber introduces the CCYL – the Clinton Chamber Youth Leadership Program.

2013

The Chamber resurrects Leadership Clinton – which had been dormant since 2007.

2014

The Chamber begins a “Shop in Clinton” emphasis.

2014

The Chamber launches an extensive social media emphasis and communication effort.

2016

Continental Tire announces plans to build $1.4 billion plant near Clinton.

2018

The Chamber redesigns its logo, website, and other marketing materials.