May 26, 2018
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Members of midcoast chambers OK merger

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

CAMDEN, Maine — By overwhelming vote of their members, two midcoast chambers of commerce will combine forces.

The Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce is 9 miles down the road from the Rockland-based Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. By joining forces, the one larger organization can offer more benefits to its members, according to Dan Bookham, who will be executive director of the new combined chamber.

About 90 percent of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville chamber members and about 95 percent of the Rockland members voted Wednesday night for the consolidation. The two chambers will become Maine Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce by Aug. 1 and will slowly implement any changes.

Aside from a name change, members likely won’t notice any immediate changes. The organization will still keep both its Camden and Rockland offices.

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