About The Clinton County Chamber of Commerce

logo1aThe idea of a national institution to represent the unified interests of U.S. business first took shape when President William Howard Taft, in a message to Congress on December 7, 1911, addressed the need for a “central organization in touch with associations and chambers of commerce throughout the country and able to keep purely American interests in a closer touch with different phases of commercial affairs.”  Four months later, on April 12, 1912, President Taft’s vision became a reality when a group of 700 delegates from various commercial and trade organizations came together to create a unified body of business interest that today is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In 1925, construction on the Chamber headquarters was completed on property that had belonged to Daniel Webster and the U.S. business community made it a rallying point for promoting and defending free enterprise and individual opportunity.

Almost 100 years later, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

The U.S. Chamber and the legacy of Daniel Webster share more than just the hallowed ground that is now 1615 H Street Northwest.  This venerable institution and this statesman’s spirit share an unwavering commitment to democracy, individual opportunity, and free enterprise.  They are forever bonded by the words of Webster, which were inscribed in stone in the original Chamber building:

In true Hoosier Tradition, Clinton County has always strived to be a follower of the dreams that our Forefathers like Taft and Webster have had.  As a result, Clinton County had begun to experience an industrial development boom in the early 1900’s, when the Frankfort Industrial Association, the forerunner of the Clinton County Chamber, attracted several manufacturers to the area, companies provided residents with hundreds of career opportunities, and brought recognition to Frankfort.  Since that time, commercial and industrial development has continued to grow progressively and local businesses continue to prosper and flourish.  As a result, along with its strong agricultural community, Clinton County is home to some of the world’s largest industries and some of the greatest local and National retail businesses.

Today, the Clinton County Chamber is celebrating its 102nd year of service with over 330 members that have enjoyed tremendous advantages that never would have existed without the help of our own Chamber Forefathers.