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  • Our History

    We trace our history back to 1917 when a group of business men organized Middletown's Chamber of Commerce with the objective of pulling the resources of the area to aid in winning World War I.  That chamber consisted of 500 members.  Soon after the war and Middletown began to prosper from a booming economy, they hired their first executive director, Dwight Smith.  To help manage Middletown's growth in the early 1920's and to meet the needs of the area, the Middletown Civic Association was created in 1924 and the chamber was absorbed into the organization and hired Dwight to oversee operations.  For the next 20 years, Middletown experienced phenomenal growth. 

    In 1944, the Bureau of Commerce split from the Civic Association to form Middletown's second chamber of commerce, the organization we are today.  In 1998, the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce merged with the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Trenton Chamber of Commerce to form the Mid-Miami Valley Chamber of Commerce.  In 2003, our name was changed to The Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton.  

    As we look back on our rich history, we thank those who came before us who were responsible for forming our communities and the quality of life we enjoy today.