Offering an annual report on events and activities, the Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce reports an annual benefit of chamber events and committees to the community in the amount of $441,000 dollars. According to Chamber Director Joel Brown, that amount was calculated by combining the cost of events with a hypothetical hourly wage to the volunteer hours spent on events throughout the year including Holly Days, Tourism and Relocation Packets, parades, Trees for Charity and community committees. “This helps us to show the great benefits the Chamber brings to our community in a measurable way,” explains Brown. Some highlights from the last year include the 1st Annual Education Summit with a total local benefit to educators of $60,000 dollars; the Trees for Charity event where $217,000 dollars was raised for charities and $10,000 dollars was raised and donated to the food pantry; and the Dinosaurland Passport to Summer program that offered a benefit to the community and local businesses of $50,000. The Vernal Area Chamber has 300 members and are always welcoming more.