The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce is focusing on the future.

With that, they are preparing for the anticipated oil and gas boom that is projected for the area.

One way they are preparing is by educating the Chamber members through informational meetings and seminars in the village, and having experts come in and talk about the oil and gas industry.

"We encourage local businesses to get involved and share ideas," Chamber President Jeff Neidig said.

The Chamber also has a re-designed, more user-friendly web site, www.newcomerstownchamber.com. They have also designed and had built a mobile app to promote Newcomerstown to the oil and gas community.

Neidig said the Chamber wants to aid in the influx of individuals to the community -- whether it be to provide housing, food, clothing, health issues, etc. -- the Chamber wants to play a role in that.

Meanwhile, Chamber members stay busy with all of their projects: Organizes the Health and Safety Expo, sponsors a Cy Young Days Festival scholarship at the queens' pageant, organizes community yard sales, sponsors the Cy Young Run during the Cy Young Days Festival, provides a golf outing for area golfers, sponsors merchants' trick or treat, provides and organizes Toys for Local Tots, sponsors the Newcomerstown Christmas Parade, provides a tree for the Christmas Wonderland on Olde Main Street, sponsors Christmas light contest, provides "Welcome Wagon" Committee to welcome new businesses to the village, just to name a few.

The Chamber is also working closely with the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Committee in promoting the village's 200th birthday celebration in 2014. Meetings are held monthly and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

The 92nd annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is set for Wednesday, May 1 at the David Barber Civic Center in Newcomerstown. The banquet highlights the accomplishments of the businesses in the community, as well as recognizes a Veteran of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Teacher of the Year, and Chamber Member of the Year.

The Chamber officers for 2012-2014 include: Jeff Neidig, president; Pat Cadle, first vice president; Becki Allen, second vice president; Gary Chaney, treasurer; and Niki Wolfe, secretary.

The group meets the third Monday of each month at noon. The location of the noontime meetings rotate between April's Country Kitch'n, Dick's Place and Cy Young Lanes.

To learn more about the Chamber or to become a member, call 498-4545.