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The Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce was founded and incorporated in 1948. The membership originally consisted of 16 merchants located in the Essex business district. Over the years, membership has grown to include larger geographic boundaries, which now include Essex, Middle River, Back River, Chase, White Marsh, Golden Ring, Rosedale and surrounding areas.

The purpose of the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce is to serve as an advocate for the business community and to promote economic development and the socioeconomic growth of the overall community. The Chamber is entirely non-political, non-partisan and non-sectarian, and is not operated for profit.

The Chamber is comprised of business professionals, government officials and community-minded individuals who work together to enhance the community through better business and industry. Presently, the area is experiencing an exciting period of positive growth. The Chamber is ready for the opportunities of the expanding business and residential community.

Currently the Chamber supports:

• The recent Route 43 Extension to Eastern Boulevard, which opened 2,000 acres for economic development and provided opportunities for expanding new ventures in Middle River and the entire shoreline area.

• Port of Baltimore and C & D Canal, a critical source for economic stability of the entire region and state. The Chamber supports the environmentally safe strategic dredging plan for Baltimore to meet 21st-century demands.

• Providing state planning assistance to local governments for priority funding areas.

• Allocating funds for revitalization projects in older neighborhoods.

• Promoting initiatives for development of waterfront destinations.

• Changing the funding formula for open space to provide more funds for maintenance of the parks, which are already an asset to our community.

• Providing funding for Eastern Boulevard revitalization, in accord with the Essex Urban Design Assistance Team recommendations.

• Developing and expanding the MARC train stop in Middle River, including facilities and links to other modes of transportation to take full advantage of Route 43 development.

• Supporting local government in preparing for the opportunities Base Realignment and Closure will bring, including job and housing demands, in order to promote private investment.

• Changing the funding formula to provide more money for maintenance and support of older schools.

• Providing funds for after-school programs to meet education and childcare needs.

• Supporting workforce development through funding and incentive programs including scholarships.

Membership in the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce is open to any business, school, church or nonprofit organization interested in promoting business and economic development in the area.

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