SPRINGVILLE — Ethan Waterman, a lifetime resident of Springville, has taken the reins as president of the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce, replacing Dave Field, who had held the position for 3 1/2 years. Waterman, the chamber’s former vice president, will finish out Field’s term, which lasts until the next annual SACC awards ceremony, held in January.
“Dave has done a wonderful job, for our community, but felt it was time to move on,” Waterman said. “I plan on being very involved [in the community], as much as possible, to grow our community, to grow our business community, to attract businesses and to attract residents.”
Waterman grew up in Springville, went to St. Aloysius Regional School, Springville-Griffith Institute High School and now owns and operates Waterman’s Greenhouse in East Concord. Since he has spent his entire life in the area, Waterman said that he is invested in making the community grow and thrive.
“This is my home,” he said. “I want my children and my friends’ children to make it their home, too, and to realize that there’s a lot going on, in this area.”
The SACC also appointed a new executive director and assistant executive director, this year, which Waterman said will present some changes and excitement, for both the chamber’s operations and the community it serves.
“With the new faces, we have a lot of new ideas and a new direction, and it’s important to have the residents involved, to push that along,” Waterman said. “We look to stronger communities, like Orchard Park, East Aurora and Hamburg, that we should be able to learn off of.”
As a local business owner, Waterman said that he has a vested interest in attracting both new residents and visitors, to the Springville area.
“We need houses built [and] new residents to build our base,” he said. “We are looking for ways to show people how great a town we have here, to get people in, to buy our products.
“There’s this misconception, among Buffalo people, that we’re so far away,” he continued. “But my wife drives into Buffalo for work, every day. We’re only a short distance. We’re looking to campaign to really put Springville on the map, as a vibrant community.”
As the SACC looks to promote its mission, Waterman said that it also has to balance a small budget, mostly gleaned from dues paid by its 168 members and fundraisers like the Ducky Derby and Oktoberfest. Other events, like this year’s new Ladies’ Summer Soiree, will be added to the docket, as well.
“We do the best we can, to raise up money to promote the town, to help the town,” Waterman said. “This is a great community. Not just Springville, but the town of Concord, as well. We want to spread the word and make sure everyone knows it.”
The SACC has been temporarily relocated to the R.A. Mercer offices, located at 243 Main St. in Springville. That location is staffed on Monday – Friday, 1 – 4 p.m. The chamber can be reached at 592-4746 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.