The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce is continuing to focus on the future, and stay ahead of other communities in the oil and gas boom.

The Chamber is marketing the village by promoting its more user-friendly web site, www.newcomerstown-chamber.com. They have also designed and had built a mobile app to promote Newcomerstown to the oil and gas community.

The Chamber wants to play a role in helping individuals coming to the village with providing them the information they need as far as housing, food, clothing, health issues, etc. And the web site and mobile app will do just that.

The Chamber has also provided its members with informational seminars regarding the preparation for the oil and gas boom with more being scheduled in the future.

The Chamber just recognized members at its annual awards banquet. The banquet highlights the accomplishments of the businesses in the community, as well as recognizes the Veteran of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Teacher of the Year, and Chamber Member of the Year.

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, provides Business After Hours events for Chamber businesses, 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 decorated Christmas tree for the Christmas Wonderland on Olde Main Street, provides a team for the Big Brothers-Big Sisters Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser in Newcomerstown, provides "Welcome Wagon" Committee to welcome new businesses to the village just to name a few.

The Chamber also believed it was important that the Newcomerstown Police Department was well represented when pollice cruisers left the village for court appearances, etc. Therefore, the Chamber made a $300 donation to have one of the police cruisers re-painted.

The Chamber has also been assisting the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Committee with its plans for this celebratory year.

They have also been active in having ribbon cuttings to celebrate the openings of new businesses in the Newcomerstown area.

The Chamber officers for the 2014-2016 include: Pat Cadle, president; Jeff Neidig, 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 each month.

To learn more or to become a member of the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce, call 498-7244.