August 2018 Print

Mission Statement




Connecting businesses and community to grow, serve and
enrich the greater Vail area.


Community – We know, care and connect with each other.
Influence – We are present, involved and actively shaping the future.
Growth – We promote opportunities and economic development.
Information – We gather and share resources. 

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President's Report


Greater Vail Area Chamber Of Commerce

President’s Letter August 2018



Just a few short years ago, our board retreats began leveraging the brain trust of key leaders in the community. Superintendent Cal Baker was the first to help us clarify our message during that time. The former CEO of Tucson Metro Chamber, Mike Varney, made time to invest in our board that following year. The Tucson Hispanic Chamber’s President, Lea Marquez Peterson, has sat with us on multiple occasions to provide insights about ways to begin re-organizing ourselves to fully leverage the resources in our community and bring value to your business, too. This past month, our board has captured yet another rich opportunity to glean insights from the President of one of the nation’s top ten research centers at the UofA Tech Park, Bruce Wright! In fact, the various leaders that are coming to the table to strengthen our chamber and fortify this region’s economic development is nothing short of astounding! Clarity of message and coordination of key people throughout the region is being coupled with the kinds of conversations that are going to fuel the direction of our chamber and the businesses we represent—your business, for years to come! I am very excited about these discussions and what they are going to mean for our membership!

The three goals we have kept in front of the board and our membership are making great progress. The new website for the chamber looks incredible and will go live by the end of August if we stay on track with our progress. The construction on the new office space has begun, and with VailFest right around the corner, we plan to host a ribbon cutting ceremony in the new office space this fall. The final piece that we have been working towards involves identifying and hiring a CEO that could focus on the strategic partnerships that are being aligned with full-time effort. Everything that has already been shared with you has been done by the generous support of many, many volunteers who are passionate about our community. Having a CEO that can focus on these efforts, full time, will be a game changer!

Over the past several months we have ventured out from Hot Rods to El Coronado and the Radisson for our breakfast meetings, and this month we will be at The Cantina on the Pima County Fairgrounds with another great speaker line up that will include Superintendent Cal Baker of the Vail School District, along with Lea Marquez Peterson of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber. Our partnerships in the surrounding community have served as a great strength that will ultimately bring more resources to your business. The growth in our region is in full swing and the school district will be speaking about what that means for our community.

Just to add fuel to the discussion, the Greater Vail Area hosted ribbon cutting events for two new businesses—Arby’s and Jersey Mike's Subs. When we met with the owners of both organizations to talk about their opening day, it was energizing to hear that Arby’s tripled its first day goal, and Jersey Mike's was the number one store in its franchise throughout the nation during its first few weeks, straight! Wow! As impressive, was the beaming reports both owners shared about the hiring pool they had access to from within our community, along with its personality and depth of character! No wonder companies are looking to the southeast region as a part of their business strategy!

I want to close with a reminder that VailFest is the best way to get your business in front of a community of several thousand people on October 20th! Registration is now open and there is a 10% discount being offered during this first month. The committee we are working with to plan this event is engaged and organized and charging forward to make this a great win for those who are planning to be there with us at the Pima County Fairgrounds on that day. We will have a space designated for registration at The Cantina during this month’s breakfast for your convenience.

As you read this letter, I hope you are filled with the same enthusiasm I am for all the things happening here. Together we are influencing Vail’s future to enhance growth opportunities and advance economic development in the Greater Vail Area! Thank you for your continued support!

| Community | Influence | Growth | Information |

These are our values as a chamber. They determine our progress and they define our wins.


Realizing our potential together,

Jeff Logsdon


Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber Announcements

We need YOU! Volunteer on a Committee Today!

We are looking for volunteers to be on the following committees:

Annual Dinner Committee - We need volunteers to help with awards, sponsors, marketing, silent auction, etc.

VailFest Committee - We need volunteers to help with vendors, entertainment, food vendors, marketing, sponsors, raffle items, etc.

Please email Sharon Mercer at if interested in being on a committee or if you have any questions. Thanks!

** NOTICE **

Big changes are in the works for the Greater Vail Chamber of Commerce with the development of our new office and co-working space between the tracks. While the construction takes place, we’re in temporary transition mode. When the dust settles, we will have a new office for you to visit. In the meantime, we’ll be working behind the scenes and meeting by appointment only. Follow along with the progress on our website and Facebook page. We can’t wait to welcome you into our new chamber home in just a few months!



Our new website will be coming soon!

Thank you to all of our members for your patience while we make this exciting transition! 


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Calendar of Events



Please Join Us for a

Ribbon Cutting and Open House

to Celebrate the New Location of


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy

13370 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way #130

Vail, AZ 85641

Light refreshments will be served!


Please join us for our Monthly Membership Breakfast
in the Cantina at Pima County Fairgrounds

Our guest speaker this month is from

Thursday, August 9
7:00 - 8:30 am

Did you know the Vail School District is recognized as the top-performing school district in Arizona? It has won countless awards and has been highlighted across the country. Every school that is eligible for the Arizona Education Foundation’s A+ Distinction has received that prestigious honor. Join us as Superintendent, Calvin Baker, shares important details about the school district and how we can partner together. We will have another special guest, the President, and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of
Lea Marquez-Peterson.

At the Door Rate:
Vail Chamber Members $20
Non-Members $25
Register and Pay Online for a Discount!

*You can bring raffle prizes to donate and have your business
mentioned at the Event. Bring your business cards to enter.


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Welcome New Members

New Members

Jersey Mike's Subs

Armbruster Team @ Realty Executives

Kathryn Townsend @ Long Realty


Members Renewed

Crest Insurance Group

Tucson Medical Center

Greater Vail Community Resources

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Business Spotlight


Vail Preservation Society

Connecting Community and Inspiring Vail’s Future Since 2006 

Vail Preservation Society (VPS) facilitates community engagement through historic and heritage preservation. Our work provides a platform for building Vail’s future inspired by local values and traditions through partnerships between residents, organizations, and government in the greater Vail area of Vail, Corona de Tucson, and Rita Ranch.

Vail’s population has exploded since 2001. But no matter when we arrived, we all call Vail home. Through unique educational opportunities for youth, creating public art, recording oral histories, student museum club, preservation trades skills, or establishing Vail as an official Arizona Main Street community, VPS works to create shared experiences to strengthen our commitment to each other and to the place we call home.

VPS has begun rehabilitation on Vail’s oldest building the 1908 Old Vail Store & Post Office. When complete in 2019, the Vail Connects Welcome & Heritage Center will have a coffee shop, a gallery for local artists, house Cienega H.S. TSW Artisan space, provide information on local Main Street happenings like the fireworks of A Colossal Fourth, be a venue for live music, and much more. We can’t wait!

Connect Past to Future with Vail Preservation Society. For more information visit   or contact us at  520-419-4428.

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