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Month: September 2021

Annual Dinner Presenters Announced

The past 18 months have put unimaginable challenges in front of business and industry worldwide, with two of the hardest hit being travel and food service. With that in mind, The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the theme for its 113th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner is “The Long Road Back: Business In A New World.”

Even more exciting is the duo of speakers lined up for the evening: Cameron Mitchell of the Columbus, Ohio-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Paul Hoback Jr., Chief Development Officer for the Allegheny County Airport Authority that operates both the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Allegheny County Airport. These dynamic and interesting business leaders will discuss how they navigated through the past 18 months and what the future looks like in a post-COVID world.

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants began in a very humble place– Cameron Mitchell’s mother’s dining room table. It was there that Cameron mapped out his career goals that would eventually set the course for his restaurant industry career.

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The Day That Changed America Forever

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, when the United States experienced the deadliest terrorist attack in its history.

The Chamber pauses this weekend to remember and honor the victims of that day, the first responders, the families who lost loved ones, and the members of our military who fought and died in the ensuing wars on terror.

May we forever cherish our freedoms and our heritage, and may we strive to live in peace and unity with our neighbors at home and abroad.

“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” — Deepak Chopra

Jefferson County’s Natural Resources: Check them out this weekend!

Jefferson County’s natural beauty is something to be witnessed, regardless of the season. Its 411 square miles include wooded hills, over 900 miles of streams, rolling farmlands and, of course, the beautiful Ohio River which is fed by three main tributaries: Short Creek in the southern part of the county, Cross Creek in the center, and Yellow Creek in the northern section. The county is home to various other natural resource areas that provide excellent opportunities for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Fernwood State Forest boasts over 3,000 acres with camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, a shooting range, and bird watching. The Brush Creek Wildlife Area is over 4,000 acres and, in addition to the amenities available at Fernwood, also has ATV trails. Jefferson State Lake Park’s 962 acres includes horseback riding trails in addition to hiking, camping, boating, hunting, fishing and bird watching. And the county-owned Friendship Park, host site for the annual Jefferson County Fair, sits on 1300 acres, providing a beautiful setting for boating, mountain biking, camping, and fishing.

The Steubenville Parks and Recreation Department maintains 13 parks throughout the city in addition to the Belleview Municipal Pool and the Martin Luther King Recreation Center. The staff also offers a variety of recreational activities and programs free to the community throughout the year. From baseball fields and playgrounds to walking trails and shelter houses, the Steubenville park system has just what you’re looking for when a little fresh air is in order.

Austin Lakes & Campgrounds, a local business icon, opened in 1946 and was named one of the “top urban campgrounds in the United States” by USA Today. Imagine stepping back in time but with all of the modern conveniences and updated amenities that make a day, weekend, or week away comfortable and convenient. Picnic shelters, RV, and camping sites, cabins, hayrides, swimming, pontoon boat rentals, paddle boarding, and more make Austin Lake a favorite among locals as well as haven enjoyed by guests from across the country and beyond.