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Bishop Chamber elects leadership

Bishop Chamber selects Board members

submitted by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau recently conducted an election to select new members to serve on its Board of Directors.

Newly elected, re-elected and appointed members include:
David Bhakta, representing Holiday Inn Express
Kamal Bhakta, representing Days Inn and La Quinta
Pete Korngiebel, representing Community Printing & Publishing
Corinna Korpi, representing Alta One Federal Credit Union
Sam Patel, representing Vagabond Inn
Scott Piercey, representing High Country Lumber
Chris Plakos, individual member
Sally Symons, representing the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds

Continuing Board Members include:
Julie Faber, representing Mountain Studio and Coso Operating Company
Todd Lembke, representing New-Cali Landscapes
Jennifer Roeser, representing McGee Creek Pack Station
Cheryl Underhill, representing VFW, Lions, Altrusa, ESBCA and Elks Lodge
Debi Yerkes, representing Alex Printing

Greg Allen, Rohit Bhakta and Manny Singh will be retiring from the Board when the new members take office on July 1st. “We so appreciate the dedicated service and we’ll definitely miss them,” states current Board President Julie Faber. “They’ve all agreed to continue to help out as needed and that’s awesome,” added Faber.

2015/2016 Chamber Board President will be Cheryl Underhill and offices of Vice President and Treasurer will be selected at the June 18th Board Meeting. The all-volunteer board meets monthly to provide leadership, oversight and direction to BACCVB staff. Meetings are always on the third Thursday of the month and follow the networking luncheons. Meetings are open to all members, guests and interested community members.

“Our community is extremely fortunate to have such a terrific group of individuals serving as Board Members for the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau,” states Tawni Thomson, Chamber Executive Director. “This group represents a wide variety of interests and they possess a vast array of talents. We truly appreciate their commitment and spirit of volunteerism. Congratulations to all and thanks for serving.”

cover photo provided by the Chamber, left to right, Harry Bhakta, Julie Faber, Cheryl Underhill

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Bishop Main Street Wifi

Free Wifi on Main Street Bishop

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated I-Main Street project is now up and running!
I-Main is the system that provides free Wi-Fi access to people passing along Main Street and visiting the Bishop City Park.
The I-Main Street concept was first discussed at a Chamber Strategic Planning Meeting in August of 2012. At that time,
Angie Aukee and Julie Faber led the discussion and all Chamber Board Members thought it sounded like a great idea.
“We began investigating logistics, budget and possible funding sources,”  explains Tawni Thomson.
When Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer
learned of the I-Main idea, he expressed interest in collaborating with the Bishop Chamber.
“The I-Main Street project fits perfectly
with ICSOS’s desire to improve technology and internet access for local students and families,”  notes Julie Faber, current Chamber President.
Throughout 2013 and into 2014, Chamber representatives met with ICSOS, City of Bishop staff and several technical experts to develop system specifications and an RFP for the project. The group received bids from several providers and Schat.net was selected as the contractor for the project.  I-Main now provides free Wi-Fi in public spaces along Main Street from Lagoon Street to MacIver Street
and into the Bishop City Park. I-Main is not intended to replace a business’ regular internet service; the system is simply not
designed for one user to have all day, every day access to large
amounts of broadband. I-Main is for the benefit of students that need to access the internet for homework & school projects, as well as visitors that may need to check social media, get directions or answer emails.  I-Main users will be greeted with a “splash page” hosted at www.bishop.community. The splash page has basic information about the program and links to lodging, restaurants and activities on the Chamber’s main website. Soon, the Chamber plans to offer advertising for sale on the splash page.  Advertising revenues will offset the Chamber’s ongoing purchase and  distribution of the broadband.
“We’re so proud of this project and so grateful to Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and the City of Bishop for working with us to bring I-Main Street to our community,”  states Bishop Chamber
President Julie Faber
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