2015 marks the 100th year of service for the Chamber of Commerce Serving Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County. The Chamber has partnered with News and Neighbor to publish a special keepsake edition, Centennial…100 Years of Success, coming in July. In the meantime, we’ll be whetting your appetite for local history with pictures from the archives throughout May and June. With a century of history, you’ll be reminded of so many things that helped make Johnson City and Washington County a great place to live, work and play.
The Chamber moved from its downtown headquarters to bigger digs near city hall. Shown here are 1990 Chamber Board Chair Dr. Richard Manahan and Chamber President Gary Mabrey.
The Chamber celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 1990. Chamber President Gary Mabrey (left) and Chair Dr. Richard Manahan (right) welcomed Congressman Jimmy Quillen and former United States President Gerald R. Ford.
In the early 1960’s, The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce surprised travelers as “Tourists of the Week” as they drove through Johnson City. The tourists were then treated to complimentary room, diner and other amenities for the day or overnight.
East Tennessee State University has always played a key role in the affairs of the Chamber. In this early 1970s photo ETSU President Dr. D.P. Culp and First Lady Martha Culp act as grand marshals of the Chamber’s Christmas Parade.