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May 26, 2013

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HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its merger with Creative Haverhill. Creative Haverhill, formerly located in City Hall, has been relocated to the Chamber office, located at 80 Merrimack St., in downtown Haverhill.

The blending of the organizations was devised by the Chamber’s board, the City of Haverhill and multiple stakeholders interested in a strategy to cohesively and strategically drive economic development in the city. The coordinated efforts of both organizations will further expand opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper, particularly the creative economy.

Creative Haverhill works with the Chamber’s staff and Board of Directors to provide a central resource for arts and culture in the city. The Chamber is pleased to be working with Creative Haverhill’s David Zoffoli as the arts and culture coordinator and the newest member of the Chamber team.

Zoffoli, a seasoned veteran in the arts and culture sector, shares with the Chamber his 30 plus year career as a theater director, producer, administrator and educator, notably working with the North Shore Music Theatre and the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, as well as with Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard, UMass Lowell, and Middlesex Community College.

In 2004, Zoffoli introduced the city to the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) prestigious John and Abigail Adams Arts Grant program when Mayor James Fiorentini appointed him to the all-volunteer Haverhill Cultural Council. He has stewarded five successful years of Haverhill arts programming with MCC funding for the Haverhill Cultural Council and Creative Haverhill, which has become the central resource for arts and culture in the city.

The Adams Art Grant program, which provides resources to Massachusetts cities that want to leverage local assets to drive the creative economy, was the financial catalyst to birth Creative Haverhill when Haverhill was awarded the grant money in 2010. The state funding is matched at the local level to drive economic development and build the capacity of creative micro-enterprise, such as local artists and cultural institutions.

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