Titusville Chamber Hosting 100-Years Jubilee
Titusville residents know they live in a special town, uniquely accessible to all nature has to offer alongside the advanced technology of the space program. This month, they have the chance to come together to celebrate as the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, the oldest in Brevard County, commemorates its 100-year anniversary.
The 100th Anniversary Jubilee will be Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Indian River Preserve Golf Club. As a nod to the Chamber’s founding in 1923, the party will be roaring ‘20s themed, complete with a secret speakeasy entrance. Guests are encouraged to dress according to the theme.
The mission of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce is to enhance, maintain, and develop a prosperous business climate in North Brevard. Current chamber president, Erin Akins, is a lifelong Titusville resident with deep roots in the area. Her grandfather, Jack O’Brien, was a beloved football coach at Titusville High School. Akins graduated from Titusville High and is now raising her daughter in her beloved hometown.
Over the years, Titusville residents and the Chamber have worked together to ensure the success of the city. Under the leadership of longtime president Marcia Gaedcke, the Chamber stayed open and helped drive the economy at the end of the shuttle program. Now the Chamber is helping to pave the road forward as the revitalization of the space program brings big changes to the area.
“We are seeing a major influx of interest in what’s happening in North Brevard. Now that space flight is more privatized, we have more and more companies investing in the area,” Akins said. “Having a strong chamber presence is going to be crucial to ensuring that the small-business community stays tapped into the large-business community.”
Matthew Morak, director of the Jess Parrish Foundation, believes the Chamber of Commerce is a vital part of the community, providing opportunities for interconnectivity and partnership.
“A chamber of commerce is a great way to showcase yourself to the community, as well as collaborate and work with other like-minded business owners,” Morak said. “The Titusville Chamber has a small-town feel, but a big-city impact. It’s a very interconnected personal experience that allows the businesses to be true to themselves and their missions. It feels like family.”
Today, Titusville is attracting new residents and new businesses at a rapid rate. It is the Chamber's job to meet the needs of both new and long-term residents — a balance that can be tricky at times.
“It is imperative that the business owners and residents see what the Chamber does,” Akins said. “We are that catalyst between businesses. We find good partnerships, ensure that our citizens have the materials they need to be informed voters and small-business shoppers, and we really encourage loving our city.”