The Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce traces its origins back to the 1904 Holdrege Commercial Club. This club brought together 43 members from around the area to promote community projects and bring people together. The initial goal was to plan roads, streets, and alleys. Some of their projects included the 1908 Lincoln Street Housing Project, the Holdrege baseball club fields, City Park (now Veterans’ Memorial Park), the City Auditorium, the Dale Hotel, the Nebraska Children’s Home, and the Tri-County Project.
During the Great Depression, the HACC assisted the community by issuing a temporary script currency when the US Treasurer put a brief stop on issuing metal coinage.
In 1954, the State of Nebraska officially certified the incorporation of the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce.
During the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic in 2020, the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce offered online sales of gift cards to local businesses forced to keep the public out in the name of safety.
Today, the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce continues to be the collective voice of area organizations and businesses striving to help empower people, embrace opportunities, and inspire unity in the community to continue attracting next-generation leaders.
The HACC is a membership-driven organization creating an engaged and informed business culture. The Chamber promotes economic growth and community prosperity by instituting or supporting networking, education, and community-enhancing initiatives.
- By Micah Huyser, Nebraska Prairie Museum Director & HACC Board of Directors