Michelle Long

Executive Director,

Newberry County Chamber of Commerce


I am from Prosperity, but moved back to Newberry after college and worked for 15 years before coming to work for the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center. My mother worked in downtown Newberry for over 40 years, so I was familiar with the area and some of its history. Working for the Chamber was a natural fit since I have been a strong advocate for all things local and am proud of the history of Newberry and the direction we are heading.

My vision for Newberry is for continued growth. I have seen Newberry improve immensely over the years with storefronts filling and the uptick in foot traffic. It is my hope that the forward thinking mindset of business owners and government will continue to be contagious so that Newberry rises to the top of the list when one is seeking to either open a new business or wants to visit a quaint town that is both welcoming and progressive.

The advice I would give my 20-year old self is to take more chances regarding my future career and not feel like I should make such an important decision at such a young age. While I have enjoyed my choices and feel like I am in the right place for me, I'm not sure that maybe I didn't miss out on some interesting experiences along the way.

You would be surprised to know that I play the piano and took lessons from 3rd through 12th grade. I love to play, but only for myself, and use it as an escape and stress reliever.

My Favorite Quote:

"Slow progress is still progress." - Anonymous

Not necessarily my favorite, but one that I have to often keep in mind.  While we sometimes wish we could snap the fingers and make a great idea or program so, it does take time to go through the process, and some processes take longer than others.

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