What began as a conversation between the Mayors of Kimberly and Morris, quickly expanded to include Fultondale. The conversation focused on the growth of North Jefferson and the need for a North Jefferson Chamber for the cities and the entire North Jefferson area.
With the 3 cities on board, the question turned to who would be the best person to start a new chamber and build it into a powerful presence.
“We needed a proven leader,” said Kimberly Mayor Bob Ellerbrock, and that’s when they called Heather Lebischak who was serving as the Executive Director of the Gardendale Chamber and had grown the Chamber to over 300 members strong.
Ms. Lebischak had built a reputation as a tireless advocate for local businesses and schools and was the first choice to take the position. Lebischak agreed to take the position and resigned from the Gardendale Chamber within the last few days.
Ellerbrock told The Herald that he hopes that other cities in North Jefferson will join in to be part of the new Chamber as it helps serve the entire North Jefferson area and business community. “We are excited to have a Chamber for the North Jefferson area. The attractiveness of the area due to the schools and homes will hopefully lead to more businesses coming this way,” noted Ellerbrock.
The new Chamber is moving quickly to be formed and should be operational before the end of 2023.