The newly organized Pelahatchie Chamber of Commerce was announced when its social media page showed up on Town feeds the first week of August. Then, its first meeting was held August 10.
The new Chamber officers were announced at the first meeting. Jordan Johnson is the director. An oncologist consultant specializing in compliance, billing and operations, Johnson will be working with operations and development, and Emily, his wife, is chief financial officer, treasurer. She has more than ten years of experience with Biomerieux, a worldwide laboratory instrument company.
Sherelda Jones, chief executive officer, has over 20 years of management and public health experience. She currently serves as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Former Mayor Ryshonda Beechem is the Chamber’s president.
Johnson said there have been discussions on this business-focused group for six months. It simply took filing with the State and paying a fee.
According to Johnson, who has acted as a Sky Lake subdivision spokesperson, he is involved "to put action and accountability behind the Town’s motto, The Place to Prosper."
Originally from Texas, Johnson said that every city there had a Chamber to promote business. He said the Pelahatchie Chamber already has 12-14 people and businesses ready to get started. Their goal is 20 businesses in three months.
The Town responded to the announcement of the new Pelahatchie Chamber with this statement: "It has been brought to our attention that there was a Pelahatchie Chamber of Commerce started here in town. This chamber has no affiliation with the Town of Pelahatchie. The Town of Pelahatchie is working with the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and Rankin First. Feel free to contact Pelahatchie Town Hall if you have any questions.”
Social media feedback on the announcement varied from congratulations to questions on the need for a separate Chamber from the Rankin County Chamber which has many local members.
The Chamber announced that they will hold monthly meetings.