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About Us

The Greater Gouverneur Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit member organization that works to promote economic vitality and prosperity in the Gouverneur area. Our mission is to encourage community growth by promoting tourism and local business. We value a healthy and productive economic community, a high quality of life, and efficient and sustainable business practices.

The Chamber is financed primarily through membership dues. However, during the course of each year a number of fundraising events and projects are held to generate additional revenues.



  • Shari Barnhart
  • Karl Bender
  • Jim Bowhall
  • Rushteen Dowling-Hughes
  • Gale Ferguson
  • Scott Gillan
  • Jennifer Peck
  • Dr. Robert Saidel
  • Dr. Steelson Schwelnus
  • Connie Stowell


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Executive Director: Donna Besaw

President: C.J. Fitzgerald

Vice President : Donna Lawrence


Honorary Lifetime Directors:
Curran & Dorothy Wade
Carol Dier
Eldon Conklin

Special Events Director : Karen Bressette

Farmer's Market Manager: Linda Seymour - 315-212-9476

Website: Shari Barnhart, Rainbowtech Designs