Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Marketing board is nothing new

As a volunteer at The Community Library, I have been transcribing some of the library's microfilmed newspapers from the early 1880s, and have found an article from the July 27, 1881, Wood River Times concerning the need for the creation of a board of trade in Hailey. Given the recent public discussion of the need for a viable marketing board for the region, the article, "Another pressing need," may be relevant:

"Hailey needs an association of public-spirited citizens that will think out measures calculated to improve her business relations with the surrounding camps and the world at large; a body that will inquire into the needs of the community and endeavor to supply them; that will [discuss] and initiate meritorious enterprises. Such a body is generally composed of the business men of a town or city, and is known as a Board of Trade. When new schemes are [set] afoot this body is applied to for moral or financial support; and it is thus given power to aid the worthy and oppose the unworthy. This power is seldom [abused], for the Board of Trade generally represents the capital and brains of a community, and its acts, always looking to the general welfare, cannot fail to be beneficial. There is now, to be sure, a committee looking after sundry matters calculated to benefit this city. But the scope of [its] action is limited, and its organization will not last very long. In a couple of months, at the furthest, it will dissolve. When it does another (or the same) committee should take this Board of Trade matter in hand and not rest until an organization has been [perfected]."

Andrew W. Carey


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