Chamber News

Sep 13, 2017

Floyd County Chamber hosts Chronicle & Times Publisher as Guest Speaker


Appalachian Newspapers, Inc. Publisher Jeff Vanderbeck addressed the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce at their networking luncheon on September 13th, at Prestonsburg’s Peking Chinese Buffet, speaking on the responsibility the Floyd County Chronicle and Times has to the local community and its mission in the broader region.

Floyd County Chamber hosts Chronicle & Times Publisher as Guest Speaker

 

Appalachian Newspapers, Inc. Publisher Jeff Vanderbeck addressed the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce at their networking luncheon Wednesday, September 13th, at Prestonsburg’s Peking Chinese Buffet, speaking on the responsibility the Floyd County Chronicle and Times has to the local community and its mission in the broader region.

Vanderbeck said the newspapers under his direction serves the communities they represent in two major ways: Providing in-depth, credible reporting for readers, and, in turn, translating that into tangible returns for advertisers.

“We try to get the investigative reporting. We try to tell the story that’s not being told. We try to tell you more of the information that affects your community,” Vanderbeck said.

Vanderbeck said his newspapers have established themselves as both outlets for vivid, interesting personal stories and as community watch dogs, holding public officials accountable to taxpayers.

Expansions into Floyd County and Mingo County, West Virginia, and subsequent acquisitions in Johnson and Perry Counties, have enabled Appalachian Newspapers to reach a wider audience, he said.

“We’re trying to make sure that each community has its own community newspaper, but our people cross county lines, for family or business or education or tourism. We want to break down the barriers while still keeping things local. You have the Jenny Wiley Festival coming up. We put that in all our newspapers, so we are telling people and five other counties it’s coming up,” Vanderbeck said.

Appalachian newspapers also held a drawing for a door prize for free for page advertisement for businesses in attendance, which went to Highlands Health Systems. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathy King Allen reminded those in attendance of some upcoming chamber related events:

  • The Appalachian Research and Defense Fund’s fundraiser concert, featuring bluegrass artists including Ralph Stanley II, is set for Saturday, September 16, at 7 PM
  •  The Mountain Comprehensive Care Center Wheelwright Clinic will host an open house on Sept. 22, from 1 to 3 PM
  • The Big Sandy Small Business Expo, which features sessions on website deployment, collaboration, and resources available to entrepreneurs, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 7 PM at the Mountain Arts Center.