Gour resigns post

PAT FRIDGEN
Bill Gour

The community was surprised to learn last week of the resignation of Bill Gour as Executive Director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

Board chairman David Rajtik said the letter was received Wednesday and the board of directors accepted it Thursday. Gour was stepping down for personal reasons, he said.

“We greatly appreciate all of Bill’s contributions to the chamber for the past four years,” Rajtik added.

“I’ve missed too many dinners and felt I had to be home more,” Gour, 41, said Tuesday. He and his wife Amy have a daughter, 10, and two sons, 6 and almost 2. “I’m young enough to start a new career.”

He plans to stay in Greencastle.

Gour said being executive director was the most rewarding job he’s ever had, while also the most demanding, but he loved it all.

“It was a pleasure. Some of the best people I’ve met in my life were through the chamber. It was a good job and a great opportunity to work for the community I love.”

He is proud of several chamber achievements under his watch. “We worked really hard to increase the value of membership by adding benefits and adding to the calendar of events.” That gave members more access to networking, education and promotional opportunities.

In addition, his first official meeting four years ago was in Chambersburg involving the Civil War Trails project. Most recently he helped get the First Friday program going in Greencastle. He expects both to have long term impacts for the area.

The chamber will continue operations with the current staff under  supervision of the board. The position will be advertised with an application deadline of Sept. 14. A search committee has been formed to coordinate replacing Gour, who served at the post since August 2005.