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Chamber honors National Park Service for Putting Duneland on the Map

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With a couple of million visitors every year, it’s safe to say that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has put Duneland firmly on the map.

That’s certainly what the Duneland Chamber of Commerce thinks.

At its annual State of the Chamber and Awards Luncheon, the Chamber named the National Park Service (NPS) and the not-for-profit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) as this year’s recipients of its Putting Duneland on the Map Award.

Chamber Board Chair Scott Mundell presented the award to National Lakeshore Superintendent Paul Labovitz and, representing NPCA, Michael Shymanski.

Among other things, Mundell took note of the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm at the National Lakeshore, which provide “a glimpse of Northwest Indiana’s settlement history”; the Century of Progress homes in Beverly Shores, which have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are “a unique and historic attraction to Duneland”; and the more than 2 million visitors who every year spend time in the “spectacular” 15,000 acres of the National Lakeshore.

Business Renovation Award

Folks who went ahead and pardoned Strack & Van Til’s dust during its recent renovation were probably delighted with the final result.

As was the Chamber.

Accepting this year’s Business Renovation Award, on behalf of the grocery, was Jason Boardman.

“Serving up the freshest produce with their new ‘eat fresh, eat local’ program, they exceed customer expectations every day, by bringing customers the finest quality products at best value,” presenter Jim Staren said of Strack & Van Til. “And they’ve recently remodeled the entire store, expanding the grocery aisles, adding a sushi bar, and many more new features that make grocery shopping a ‘want to’ instead of a ‘have to.’”

State of the Chamber

Earlier in the luncheon--held as usual at Sand Creek Country Club--Mundell spoke briefly on the State of the Chamber, where business is booming.

“Our membership has grown by 60 this year,” Mundell said. “Duneland TODAY magazine just published its largest issue, with more advertisers--and more positive feedback--than ever before. The European Market has simply exploded. More and more members are using our ChamberMaster software to augment their web presence, and our Ambassador Committee is the largest and most vibrant to date.”



Posted 7/24/2014