Military & Security Affairs

Military & Security Affairs

The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the establishment of the Military and Security Affairs Committee (MSAC), a unique branch of the Chamber. Military and Security Affairs Committee (MSAC) Mission: The Military and Security Affairs Committee (MSAC) shall have one single purpose: To preserve, protect and promote the Armed Forces and Homeland Security Resources of the United States of America through active support of the local military and governmental organizations, missions and people. Collectively these organizations employ 5500-6500 people who live in and/or contribute to the economic well-being of Calhoun County. At one time however that total was approximately 10,000. In the face of constant government downsizing and restructuring, protecting these jobs and our economy are essential to the future of this region. The committee will offer familiarization, education, training, demonstrations, documentation, marketing and socialization with Calhoun County’s military and security affairs resources to the businesses and residents of this area, including County, State and Federal officials. Additionally, we will be developing strategies and programs to ensure we fully appreciate their contributions and maintain and grow their ranks and maintain constant communication with our Congressional Delegation to continue their support. Annual Membership Dues, which will be used exclusively for MSAC activities, are $50. Membership is voluntary but encouraged. Active participation in this venture will help ensure the retention and growth of our military, federal civilian and homeland defense forces in the area. There are four very important reasons we are establishing the Military & Security Affairs Committee:

The 167th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) was organized and Federally recognized on January 3, 1921 as Company M, 4th Infantry, Alabama Army National Guard in Birmingham, Alabama. Today, the 167th is a multi-component unit with a National Guard flag, composed of Active Duty, Active Guard-Reserve (AGR) and traditional Guardsmen located at Fort McClellan, Alabama. The mission of the 167th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) is to provide centralized mission command for operational level sustainment of active component forces responding to Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) or Homeland Defense (HD) contingencies in the U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility. Assigned to the Army Service Component Command (USARNORTH), the command participates in multiple annual exercises, (Vibrant Response, Ardent Sentry, Vigilant Shield, Warfighter, Defense Coordinating Office Certification Exercises and multiple Vigilant Guards) and coordinates sustainment of contingency operations ranging from presidential inaugurations, U.N. General Assembly meetings and political conventions to complex catastrophes such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and man-made disasters.

The Fort McClellan Army National Guard Training Center provides Year-Round Training Facilities, Ranges and Maneuver Areas for the National Guard, Reserves, Active Component, Federal, and State Agencies to Support the Integrated Training Strategy (ITS) including: Support of Ongoing and Proposed Missions for Using Units and Activities Academic Facilities for Regional Schools and Supporting Activities Facilities That House Simulation Systems and Other Specialized Training Administrative, Logistical, and Operational Support as Required by Using Units and Activities Mobilization Planning and Support Mission Command of Eglin Training Site Mission Command of Redstone Training Site Mission Command of Decatur Regional Training Site

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is committed to having an emergency response community prepared for and capable of responding to all-hazards events. The CDP identifies, develops, tests, and delivers training to state, local, and tribal emergency response providers. We provide on-site and mobile training at the performance, management, and planning levels. We facilitate the delivery of training by the training partners of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In June 1998, the Center for Domestic Preparedness opened its doors as a training CDP-B&B-4.7.2016-Tim W. Irvin-03center for the nation’s emergency responders. The CDP’s interdisciplinary resident and nonresident training courses promote greater understanding among the following diverse responder disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.

Anniston Army Depot is a U.S. Army maintenance center and munitions storage site occupying more than 25 square miles of land. The installation has more than 15,000 acres of woodland; 3.5 million square feet of maintenance and production buildings; 419,029 square feet of administrative buildings; and 6.8 million square feet of storage buildings – with room to expand. Possibly the nation’s most diversified defense resource – Anniston Army Depot offers scenic splendor as well as unlimited natural resources. From its origin in 1941 as a storage depot, Anniston Army Depot has transformed into a state-of-the-market maintenance facility and is most often recognized for its heavy combat vehicle, small arms weaponry and locomotive expertise. ANAD is the Department of Defense’s Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) for combat vehicles (minus Bradley), assault bridging, artillery, small caliber weapons and locomotives, rail equipment and non-tactical generators  

Read more: Military & Security Affairs

Government Affairs

Government Affairs

Advocacy Part of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce plan of action is to advocate for our business community. It is important that our Chamber members have a voice that speaks with unity, clarity and has the power to influence public policy. The Chamber’s advocacy efforts develop methods to influence policies in job creation, workforce development, education, small business advocacy, and adequate health care. Empowering our membership through regular interaction with county and state legislators keeps them abreast of current legislation at local, state, and federal levels in the state and encourages both the community and the chamber members to mobilize to become a part of the democratic process. These efforts aid in ensuring accountability to the residents and business owners in Calhoun County and stimulating growth in all aspects of our community. Membership in the Chamber is vital to the Chamber's continued efforts to advocate for all who benefit from our county’s economic well-being. The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center agenda for 2018 focuses on the local areas of Education/Workplace Preparedness, Economic Development/Infrastructure, Small Business, and Quality Health Care. With the efforts of the Chamber members and staff, we have a leadership role on certain issues—providing resources & time—to ensure that a particular outcome is achieved and the voice of business in Calhoun County is heard.

State Legislative Agenda

Federal Legislative Agenda

Public Affairs Committee The Chamber's Public Affairs Committee's purpose is to represent and be a proactive voice for the members and the overall business community with all levels of government in order to improve and sustain a positive business climate. For more information on joining this committee, call 256-237-3536.

Read more: Government Affairs

Worlds of Work

"A strong economy begins with a strong, well-educated workforce." Bill Owens

One of the Chamber’s Mission Focus Areas for 2017 is Workforce Development. What do we mean by that?

Our goals for 2017 and beyond include creating partnerships between businesses, industries and schools, connecting educators with area businesses, and educating students of career choices. Join us!

Save the Date for March 13-15, 2017 at the Oxford Civic Center located at 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford, Alabama

Present a variety of career opportunities via hands on, interactive activities across ten career worlds to students to help them make smart choices for their future and encourage them to stay in school. The desired outcome is to improve high school graduation rates in Calhoun County, Clay County, Cleburne County, Gadsden City Randolph County and Talladega County schools and develop career interests among students to move their communities forward with workforce ready graduates.

All 8th grade students in Calhoun County, Clay County, Cleburne County, Gadsden City, Randolph County, and Talladega County schools are invited to attend. Total number of students attending is approximately 3,200. Two sessions are also open to 11th and 12th grade students, interested parents, career coaches and school counselors.

For more information, contact East Alabama Works' Lisa Morales at (256) 231-5130 ext 19 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click Here for the 2016 WOW Student Guide

Did you know?

  • Only 20% of today’s jobs require a four year degree
  • For today’s jobs, 65% require an associate degree or advanced technical training
  • Through dual enrollment, high school students have the opportunity to take college and technical training courses that can lead to high-paying jobs right out of high school



The Shakespeare Project

shakespeare 1The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce was established in 1978, and the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. was organized in 1979. Since that time, the Chamber has promoted and worked to sustain the economic growth of the Calhoun County Region, resulting in a community that is a dynamic place to work, visit and live. With organizational focus areas in education and workforce development, as well as marketing and community development, the Chamber strives to create programs and events that enhance our schools and quality of life and leverage partnerships with existing organizations, in order to serve our communities to the best of our abilities.

In 1972, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival was established in Anniston, with performances presented in the high school auditorium. In 1985, the Festival moved to Montgomery. In 2018, we brought the Bard, William Shakespeare back to Anniston with The Shakespeare Project's free professional productions of Julius Caesar, and more than 2,000 students and 700 community members were able to attend FREE of charge, removing all barriers from art accessibility. 

The intent of these performances is to complement the required reading curriculum of high school students reading the play and is meant to enhance their study of not only the work of Shakespeare, but theater and literature in general. So, we hope to continue this program in 2019 and beyond. 

Along with the free professional perforamnces, we hired local high school students through the City of Anniston's YES Program and college students for apprenticeships, shadowing and learning from our professional production team. We are also partnering with the American Shakespeare Center to offer their “Teaching Shakespeare” training to our teachers this summer.

For more information, including supporting these programs in the future, please call (256) 237-3536, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or follow “The Shakespeare Project AL” on Facebook.

Lunch and Leads

lunchWith Lunch and Leads, we're encouraging members to connect for lunch. The only cost for those who attend is the lunch they would be taking already, but we want to offer another opportunity to connect and build relationships with other area professionals. Held the second Wednesday each month, this event moves around to various Chamber member restaurants throughout the county.

Wednesday, January 9,
12:00 (Noon)
Lunch & Leads
Hosted by: NobleBank & Trust
at Classic on Noble, 1024  Noble Street, Anniston

There is so much diversity and talent in Calhoun County, and Lunch and Leads is an opportunity for leaders of today and tomorrow to be a part.

1330 Quintard Avenue
Anniston, AL 36201

PHONE: (256) 237-3536
FAX: (256) 237-0126

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

© Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
Website development by Red Sage Communications