Sherwood chamber director switches gears, accepts community relations position
Lana Painter, who has served for almost five years as chief executive officer of the Sherwood Area Chamber of Commerce, has announced her resignation.
She will be staying on through the end of the year to help with the search for a new director.
"I'm really proud of the relationships and partnerships I was able to develop," said Painter, who has lived in Sherwood for 22 years.
She is leaving to become director of community relations at Springs Living-Sherwood, a senior community located in the historic Old Town neighborhood of Sherwood.
The city had a population of about 8,000 when Painter moved there in 1997. Today, it's closer to 20,000.
"We've gone through a lot of changes," she said. "When I became director, there were a lot of vacancies in our Old Town area. And the economy looked a lot different, four or five years ago."
Painter credited the City Council and the business community for maintaining the "small town feel" of Sherwood as it's grown into a larger suburban city.
"We've been fortunate to keep a sense of community as we've grown," she said.
The chamber has an estimated 200 members today, she said.
"The challenge for the future, I think, is to ask: How do we remain relevant and show value?" she said. "I know the directors at (chambers in larger Washington County cities) ask themselves that all the time: What more can I do for my community and my businesses?"