Union Area Chamber of Commerce Director Aimee Frey said she will focus much of her attention on events and activities centered in the Franklin County Courthouse Square,

Frey met with city officials Monday night during the board of aldermen meeting.

She noted that membership retention and recruiting new members also are goals.

Alderman Vicki Jo Hooper asked Frey how much focus there would be on the membership, and what she will do to make changes to address dwindling membership.

“I heard there was a drop in membership because some member felt there was nothing in it (the Chamber) for them,” said Frey.

She noted that there were plans for monthly events geared toward Chamber members.

Frey, who had served as the Downtown Washington Inc. event director, said that experience will help her in bringing new events to Union.

For example, there will be a “Market on Main” event, that will feature vendors. It will be held on the Franklin County Courthouse Square Saturday, Oct. 5.

During the event, Chamber members can set up a booth at the cost of $50 and sell items from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Non-Chamber members can purchase a space for $75, according to Frey.

“I’m pretty optimistic that this will be a good event,” she said.

Alderman Jim Albrecht asked if there will be any plan for the Chamber to better showcase the Bourbeuse River.

Frey noted that she will look into drawing more attention to the river, but that the Courthouse Square is an important element of the city.

“My main focus will be on the square,” she explained. “Having a town square is beyond valuable — the possibilities are endless.”

She noted that the Long Haul barbecue is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Union City Park. The event is normally held in June.

Frey said there were changes to the Chamber’s website begun prior to her arrival at the Chamber and is now greatly improved.

“It looks great. There are pictures, membership information and community events,” she said. “We have gotten a lot of really good feedback.

“We are doing more for our members through the website and Facebook,” Frey added.

Frey, 30, of Washington, had worked at Downtown Washington Inc. for eight years. She said that she intends to relocate to Union.

She replaced Tammy Stowe, who took a position at East Central College in July. Stowe served as Chamber director for more than 11 years.

Frey has a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations and special events from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.