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McClarty to bid farewell to DeKalb chamber
by LaTria Garnigan
April 23, 2014 09:44 AM | 2214 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leonardo McClarty sent a letter to chamber members stating that he would be leaving the chamber effective May 23.

McClarty, who worked as the economic development director for the city of Roswell before heading up the chamber, will become the director of economic and community development for the city of York, Pa.

In the letter, McClarty said he will begin his new role June 2, with the above May date serving as his last day with the chamber.

“This decision to relocate and leave the DeKalb chamber comes with mixed emotions,” he said in the letter. “I am truly excited about this upcoming chapter in my life and the opportunities that lie ahead.”

A native of Georgia, McClarty has worked in DeKalb for 13 years. He said the chamber is “soaring to new heights” and is “making an impact on the DeKalb County community. This growth can only continue if you continue to support the chamber and staff and our volunteer leadership with your time, talents and resources.”

Touching on that notion of partnership with the local community, just a month ago the chamber partnered with the DeKalb County School District for the inaugural Seeing Is Believing tour. About 100 chamber members, business professionals and members of the media toured two different regions of the school district — bearing witness to some of the positive programs and initiatives that students are a part of, as well as learning of ways in which the business community can partner with local schools.

“I am convinced now more than ever of the value of a strong chamber,” said McClarty in the letter. “Positive change comes when people are united on common goals and missions. There is power in one voice.”

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