MEREDITH — Veteran Lakes Region radio personality and WLNH Children's Auction founder Warren Bailey took over as the new president of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce board of directors at the chamber's annual meeting and awards luncheon held at Church Landing here yesterday.
Bailey, who works for Comcast Spotlight, hailed the Lakes Region as ''the most generous and and caring community on earth'' and said that the chamber will remain a vital part of the economic development efforts in the area.
He succeeds Christine Harris of Meredith Village Savings Bank, who said that in the last year the Chamber has had 64 new businesses join, held 18 Business After Hour events and six educational seminars. It also took part in six ribbon cutting events for member businesses, sponsored five large events providing marketing and sponsorship opportunities and sponsored a trip to China in which 40 people took part.
She said that the work of 20 volunteer board members, 30 Chamber Ambassadors and numerous other volunteers helped make the chamber a driving force for economic growth over the last year.
Lindsay Cota-Robles, of the Bank of New Hampshire was elected first vice chairman; Bob Strang of Mill Falls at the Lake, second vice chairman; Penny Raby of Malone, Dirubbo & Company, treasurer; and Ginger DuBois of New Hampshire Employment Security, secretary.
Golden Trowel awards for outstanding renovations were presented to the Water Street Cafe in Laconia; 405 Pub and Grill, Laconia; Woodlands Tavern, Alton; Central Gold Realty, Franklin; Lawson, Persson, Weldon-Francke PA, Laconia; the Belknap Mill, Laconia; Wicwas Grange Hall, Meredith.
Golden Hammer awards for new construction were presented to the Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook, a $3 million project which increased seating capacity to 8,300; Crosspoint Associates of Meredith, which redeveloped the Hannaford Brothers Supermarket; Lakes Region Community College, Laconia, which opened a new 24,000-square-foot health and science building, the Huot Technical Center/Laconia School District, which completed a 32,000-square-foot addition and renovations as well as a new athletic field as part of a $16.8 million project; and the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, which opened a new 194 seat main stage theater as part of a $5 million project at the former Anna Lee Doll campus in Meredith.
Environmental awards went to the Lakes Region Party & Gifts, which underwent a $50,000 renovation to improve energy efficiency; and Laconia Country Club which made a major investment in landscaping.
Warren Bailey, new president of the board of directors of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, presents Christine Harris, outgoing president, with a bouquet of flowers. (Roger Amsden photo/The Laconia Daily Sun)