Before the City of Henderson, NV was incorporated in 1953, there was the Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC). Established in 1945, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the HCC and its mission to drive economic growth and support local businesses in Southern Nevada. To commemorate this historic milestone, the HCC will kick off the celebration during its annual State of the Chamber Address on Thursday, October 22.
The 50-minute virtual broadcast will start at noon and will feature HCC President and CEO Scott Muelrath, City of Henderson Mayor Debra March and ‘Pawn Stars’ history expert and Clark County Museum Administrator Mark Hall-Patton.
Though the highly anticipated annual event will not be held in-person this year due to the pandemic, Muelrath says there are still many reasons to collectively celebrate the successes of this year and honor the progress of the past.
A History of Backing Business
In 1945, members of the Henderson business community formed a Chamber of Commerce focused on the city’s viability when the Basic Magnesium (BMI) plant ceased war production. To attract new industries, the chamber promoted the development of schools and churches. Their efforts encouraged Stauffer Chemical Company and WECCO to occupy the vacant BMI facilities.1 Today, the HCC continues this effort alongside state and local economic development organizations and has been instrumental in attracting new businesses to Southern Nevada.
“True to our roots, we are adapting and embracing innovation during challenging times. In spite of the challenges we are all facing now, there is still a tremendous opportunity to help businesses grow and push the development of Southern Nevada forward,” said Muelrath.
Currently, the HCC boasts a powerful network of 1,800 members comprised of businesses located in Las Vegas and Henderson. The Chamber offers numerous resources including legislative advocacy, marketing, training and development, and a series of popular networking events that allow business professionals to connect and exchange ideas.
What’s Now, What’s Next
Prior to the pandemic, Henderson was touted as the next American boomtown and recognized as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Several notable, high-profile organizations brought their business operations to Henderson in 2020 including Haas Automation, Google, the Vegas Golden Knights and the Las Vegas Raiders.The State of the Chamber will provide updates on the impact of the pandemic, present new trends and also unveil what is headed to Henderson in 2021.
Additionally, during the celebration local real estate maven—and long-time HCC member—Trish Nash of Signature Gallery of Homes will take the reigns as the new incoming Chair of the HCC Board of Directors.
Sponsors of this year’s State of the Chamber include Presenting Sponsor Cox Communications, and Event Sponsors Dignity Health; Findlay Automotive Group; Las Vegas Raiders; NV Energy; R&O Construction; Snell & Wilmer; Switch; Trish Nash Signature Gallery of Homes; United Healthcare; and Wells Fargo Bank.
For more information on the 75th anniversary and to attend the virtual State of the Chamber, visit hendersonchamber.com.
Source: 1The City of Henderson.
About the Henderson Chamber of Commerce
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce, HCC, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and progress of the business community. The HCC provides businesses with legislative representation, marketing and networking opportunities, support resources and business development training. These benefits are also provided by two other organizations under the HCC umbrella – the HCC Foundation, HCCF, and the Henderson Development Association, HDA. The HCC members are focused on promoting the civic, commercial and industrial development of Southern Nevada.