Chamber Program Director

Vickie Phillipson

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269-782-8212

Employed by the City of Dowagiac since 1990, Vickie is the program director of the Chamber of Commerce and the Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  A native of St. Joseph, Michigan, she is a graduate of Central Michigan University.  Previously, she was employed by Leader Publications as associate editor of the Dowagiac Daily News and news editor of the Niles Daily Star.  She has brought to her position with the Chamber and DDA skills in marketing, public relations, media and advertising. 

As the program director for the Chamber of Commerce & DDA, and in cooperation with the City, her office is involved in a pro-active campaign of business recruitment, retention & expansion.  Vickie maintains a database of properties for sale and lease, provides assistance to business prospects in the location and negotiation of rental space, and works with property owners, showing their storefronts.  Vickie also handles budgeting, festival planning, event scheduling and marketing for the Chamber and its seasonal events, and the day-to-day operations of both the Chamber and the Downtown Development Authority.

 

Latest News from your Chamber

  • June 1st, 2019

    Long 18-Month Wait for the Right Storefront is Over!

    One of the longest waits for an open storefront in Dowagiac came to an end in May with the opening of Don and Erica Pye's new business, 269 Apparel, within Donker Shopping Plaza.
     
    At the May 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Don Lyons shared advice given to him by his father. "Son, the harder you work, the luckier you will be."
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  • June 1st, 2019

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on C. Wimberley Auto Mall

    "North or south, there's no better deal!"
     
    This successful advertising slogan has not only embedded itself into the landscape of our minds, it also touts the two locations of C. Wimberely Auto Group, which employs more than 60 people.
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  • June 1st, 2019

    Art Found Gallery Enhances Dowagiac's Apppreciation of the Arts

    The infusion of art in a community speaks to both the economic vitality of a city and how the community sees itself.
     
    As City and Chamber leaders May 15 cut the ribbon on Dowagiac's newest gallery, Art Found, owner Steve Roll and his wife, Mary Rose, were greeted with open arms.
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