Vernal Area Chamber Report

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.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.