Deer Creek's Chamber of Commerce steps in for city government

Deer Creek's Chamber of Commerce acts as a virtual city. It is involved in activism and community leadership.
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: April 27, 2013 at 9:36 pm •  Published: April 28, 2013
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Ellenberg said the chamber hasn't had the opportunity to become heavily involved in development but is getting increasingly involved in community affairs.

In addition to holding fundraisers for the fire department and Special Olympics, the chamber sponsored a school board candidate debate before the February election.

The chamber has a website at deercreeknews.com, which Talbot runs.

Aside from activism, the chamber is primarily concerned with commerce.

Pattie Wilton, who owns Sweet Peace, a retail store in Edmond, said being a member has presented her business with good opportunities to advertise and build relationships.

And because there isn't a downtown area or many places to gather in Deer Creek, those relationships can be difficult to start.

Talbot said that is the most basic reason the chamber exists; to create a community with a school district rather than just being a school district.

As the community continues to grow, Ellenberg said, he wants the chamber to be a part of it.

“You can't stop the growth,” he said, “and we embrace it because we want the right kind of growth.”


by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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At a glance

Deer Creek School District Chamber of Commerce

Dues are $100 a year for business with 10 or more employees, $60 for companies with two to nine employees and $25 for individuals. Individuals can join regardless of whether they own a business. Send dues to P.O. Box 31231, Edmond, OK 73003. For more information, call 471-7526 or email info@deercreekchamber.com.

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