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Richard McGuire, president of Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, announces plans to draw
new residents to Banner Elk.
Photo by Ron Johnson

Originally published: 2013-01-22 17:18:47
Last modified: 2013-01-22 17:18:47

Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce announces ‘Visit Us and Stay Forever’

Ron Johnson

The Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Stonewall’s Restaurant in Banner Elk.

More than 100 chamber members and guests turned out for the event, which featured the introduction of the chamber’s new “Visit Us and Stay Forever” campaign, which was created and designed to bring 100 new families to live full-time in Banner Elk. 

“One hundred families spending $20,000 per year would inject $2 million into the Banner Elk economy,” said Richard McGuire, three-term president of the chamber and president of Eagle Ridge Builders. 

Deka Tate, vice-president of the chamber board, described the various entities joining forces to promote the new campaign.

“We want the whole town to come together and invite these folks to live here full-time,” Tate said, noting that many of the main organizations in the town are behind the project including Town of Banner Elk, Banner Elk Heritage Foundation, Grandfather Home for Children, LMC and Banner Elk Chamber.

McGuire suggested that new families living in Banner Elk full-time will greatly help Banner Elk businesses produce more income, especially during off-season periods. In addition to the new campaign, McGuire announced that the chamber is now going high-tech. 

“Very soon, we will install a touch-screen business locator in the chamber office, “McGuire said. “When someone, for example, visits our Visitor Center and asks about places to eat, they will be directed to our new touch-screen. They press the “restaurants” button and all restaurants that are members of the chamber will pop-up and link to their individual websites.”