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    The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to announce that Natalie Blais will become its next Executive Director. 

    As the former Economic Development Specialist and Communications Director for Representatives John Olver and Jim McGovern, Natalie has dedicated much of her career advocating for the needs of Franklin County.  She is well known by local businesses, farmers, organizations and citizens and is highly respected by legislators and policy leaders at the local, state and national levels. Natalie lives in and understands the needs of Franklin County, has a firm understanding of economic development, and has a strong vision for the future of both the region and the Chamber.  

     Board Chair Linda Dunlavy stated, "The Board was well aware that filling the shoes of retired Ann Hamilton would be difficult.  We were blessed and also challenged by several strong, local candidates that made the decision very difficult but we were so impressed by Natalie, her experience and her vision that we are very confident and almost giddy with this decision!"  

     Upon accepting the position, Natalie said, "Having advocated on behalf of the residents of Franklin County for a decade, I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. I am proud to call Franklin County my home and am excited about the opportunity to advance the Chamber's mission of strengthening and sustaining the economic and civic vitality of our region. I look forward to working with FCCC members, the Board and the talented Chamber staff to strengthen the Chamber and enhance the economic vitality of the region."

     Natalie will be introduced to the Chamber members and the community at the June 23rd Chamber Breakfast and at Meet and Greet events that will be scheduled later in the summer.  Natalie will begin at the Chamber in August after wrapping up her current responsibilities as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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