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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Chamber welcomes new executive director

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  • YREKA – A sixth generation   Siskiyou County resident, Kory Hayden has fond memories of her childhood on her family’s Scott Valley ranch and outings in the Golden City. As a young girl she marveled at the bright and sunny Miner Street Park and Ringe Pool that seemed larger than life.   
    Little did she know that some day she would return to her childhood stomping grounds and work hand in hand with Yreka business owners and city leaders to support economic growth and raise the city’s visibility as a tourist destination.
    Hayden is Yreka’s newest executive director of the Yreka Chamber of Commerce, and she said she brings her hard-working and earnest energy to the position as well as solution-based strategies to make changes that will benefit the whole city.
    “I want to extend my gratitude for the opportunity to return to Siskiyou County as a professional,” she said.
    A 1997 graduate of Etna High School, Hayden attended Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. where she majored in English.
    Upon graduating in 2001, she began her 12-year career in the school’s department of athletics during which she worked with 50 to 75 student leaders to cultivate community development on campus by organizing various programs and events related to athletics. In addition, she served as a leader  to the entire student body.
    “In working with the people there I began to see how a network of people can impact a community for the better,” said Hayden. “I am very proud to bring my experience from that community to the community of Yreka. I am bringing that same belief, vision and inspiration here where it has already been created.”
    In addition to her experience collaborating with various organizations, planning special events and budget management, Hayden is savvy in the areas of  social media and graphic design – marketing skills she said she plans to put to use to enhance communication and push Yreka and local businesses further into the spotlight.
    As Hayden plans for the chamber’s many summer events – such as Gold Rush Days that is coming up on June 15 – she will be visiting area businesses to introduce herself and listen to the ideas and concerns of both chamber members and non members.
    “I want to welcome them to my office. I want to meet them, hear their stories and learn,” said Hayden.
    Commenting on the many accomplishments of the chamber board of directors and former executive directors, Hayden said, “I want to build upon the momentum that my predecessors set forth.”

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