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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.
“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-
“I’m excited about my new position and am eager to take a more active role in supporting our local businesses,”
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.