UNION CITY - Victoria Horsley has become the new Union City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, and she’s ushering in a new period of economic growth and innovation.
“I’ve just really been impressed with what I’ve witnessed with local volunteers and changes being made to beautify our area. I just wanted to be a part of that,” she said.
Horsley started her new role on Jan. 7, and is now currently engaged with the leaders of Union City in an effort to hit the ground running on current economic projects.
“I’d like to continue what’s been going forward, as the previous executive (Cheryl Williams) was on the right trail as far as developing more sponsorships with area business.”
And she of course has ideas of her own that will surely benefit in the upcoming year.
“We need to continue to get people to come to our area and see all that we have to offer,” she said. “That’s one of the biggest challenges, and that’s what I plan to work on.”
Horsley previously worked at the Second National Bank in Greenville, and has a financial background as a graduate of the Business Careers Institute in Greensburg, Pa. and a business management certificate from the Credit Union Star program of Harrisburg, Pa. She also has a creative background in photography through running her own business, Victoria’s View, out of her home.
All of her experience amounts to a diverse skill set, which she intends to use for the benefit of her business community.
“I like to motivate people and help them see what they’re capable of. Sometimes people need their self esteem built and shown what is possible,” said Horsley. “And I think that will apply here as far as giving direction and helping to build businesses.”
She’s been a resident of Union City for nearly nine years, and lives with her husband Jim who teaches at the Randolph Eastern School Corporation. She also has two daughters, one who lives locally in Union City and the other in Harrisburg, Pa.
She said she gains inspiration for her job because of the friendliness of Union City residents, the amount of local volunteers that go to great lengths to make sure the town looks great, and of course the great school local system.
In recent years, she’s seen both sides of Union City in Ohio and Indiana blossom into a conducive working relationship, and she looks forward to seeing that relationship grow.
“The line is being erased, and we’ve joined forces,” said Horsley.
And if all that wasn’t enough, Horsley has also begun writing a new column with The Daily Advocate which enables her to interact with the many residents of Darke County, and she will additionally be attending the Community Leadership Series in Winchester, Ind. in the near future.