Flagler Chamber Promotes Gretchen Smith to Government Affairs Director

The Flagler County Chamber announced today Gretchen Smith has been promoted to government affairs director, a new position. Smith, who joined the chamber as communications manager in 2008, will give the organization a stronger voice with government.
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PALM COAST, Fla. - Sept. 3, 2013 - PRLog -- The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce announced today Gretchen Smith has been promoted to government affairs director, a newly created position. Smith, who joined the chamber as communications manager five years ago, will work with chamber staff, boards of directors, committees and members to give the organization a stronger voice and representation at the local, regional and state levels.

“Gretchen is a talented communicator and has done a good job raising awareness for our organization and the services, programs and benefits we provide,” said Rebecca DeLorenzo, president. "As a staff liaison for our Government Affairs task force, our Economic Alliance Council and Business Issues Committee, she has demonstrated her willingness and ability to advocate on behalf of members. We’re eager to take our interaction with government to a new level and think Gretchen is the right person for this role.”

As communications manager for the chamber, Smith facilitated internal and external communications, including media relations, community relations, social media, public relations, copywriting and business-to-business marketing. She has been responsible for creating and maintaining website content; promoting events; hosting the chamber’s talk radio show, Chamber Chat; producing the chamber’s monthly newsletter, The Voice; and other communications activities. Going forward, Smith will retain a portion of these responsibilities, while other work will be redistributed.

“I’m excited about my new position  and am eager to take a more active role in supporting our local businesses,” said Smith. “Our members make up the backbone of this community, and the chamber is committed to giving members a stronger and more influential voice. I look forward to seeking input from them and collaborating with government partners to advance pro-business policy at the local, regional and state levels.”

Prior to joining the Chamber, Smith spent more than 15 years in communications and public relations. Her professional experience includes working in media relations for Florida Blue, in financial and corporate communications for Hill & Knowlton Chicago, and leading client engagement teams at three boutique PR agencies. She is a graduate of Leadership Flagler’s 19th class and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bucknell University. Smith resides in Palm Coast with her husband, son and daughter. She can be reached at 386.437.0106.
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