Both Duchesne and Uintah County have active Chambers of Commerce thanks to the support of local businesses and municipalities. The main source of funds comes from donation agreements with the counties and cities, typically renewed in January each year. The Vernal City Council renewed their agreement to the Vernal Chamber during their Wednesday meeting, continuing their annual donation in the amount of $50,000 dollars. City Manager Ken Bassett says while some may not understand the value of a Chamber of Commerce, it is a crucial tool to the vitality of any community. “I look at the Chamber as one of those entities that really helps keep the heart beating in the community,” shares Bassett. “It is very important to have a good, active Chamber to keep putting energy into the community and keep it moving forward. It is a tight year but we cannot let stagnation occur. That is what really rips right into the future of any community.” The Vernal Chamber is reported to offer an annual benefit of over $365,000 dollars to the community.