Coover leaving Chamber post for cyberspace

March 19, 1998


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Lori Coover, who has been promoting the Greencastle area as president of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce for seven years, is leaving the post April 3 to take a private industry job in Hagerstown.

In her new post, Coover, one of two paid Chamber staffers, will be stacking merchandise on virtual shelves in virtual stores in cyberspace for Frontier Internet Commerce. She said the career move was an opportunity she could not afford to pass up. She did not seek the job, but was asked to apply, she said.

"It will give me a chance to specialize in a single field, something I've been wanting to do," Coover said.

Before taking the Chamber job, Coover worked for an advertising agency for five years. A native of Greencastle, she is a graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School.


She plans to stay in town and commute to Hagerstown.

As Chamber president, Coover was responsible for an organization of 285 members and an annual budget of about $105,000.

The only other paid employee is an office manager.

Since Coover came on board in 1991, the Chamber bought the building at 217 E. Baltimore St., to house its offices.

Coover has introduced several new programs, including the one she's proudest of - the Business Education Partnership program that links area businesses with schools - and the Heritage Christmas.

"Even though this is a small community, a lot goes on in this office. There's fund-raising and promoting growth and economic development of the area. That means a lot of meetings," she said. "I've enjoyed working in this community and am happy I had the opportunity to build the Chamber into what a good Chamber should be."

Greencastle has one of the most vital downtown business areas in Franklin County, she said.

"All the stores are filled with a good mix of retail and specialty shops," she said.

Cheryl Shields, chairwoman of the Chamber board, called Coover "one of a kind," who will be hard to replace. "She's always been there whenever the board needed something done," Shields said.

The Chamber has been advertising for a replacement for Coover in area newspapers. So far, 18 people have applied.

Coover is sitting in on the recruitment process.

Shields said the salary ranges from $20,000 to $25,000.

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