We are committed to

  • Developing a Strong Local Economy
  • Providing Networking and Educational Opportunities
  • Promoting our Community and Tourism Entities
  • Representing the Interests of Business With Government

About us

“To promote the prosperity of the Graham County business environment and enhance the quality of life for the entire community.”

~ The Chamber’s mission

Other sections you may also be interested in

Visitor Center » Board of Directors and Staff » Gila Valley Leadership »

History of the Chamber

farm field with Mt. Graham in the background Although Graham County was formed in 1881, Graham County Chamber of Commerce was not founded until 45 years later on April 12, 1926. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the Chamber’s current building in the city of Safford was created and we’ve been there ever since.

The chamber has worked towards a stronger economy, promoting the county’s community and tourism, and has worked for the interests of its local chamber members businesses. Furthermore, the Chamber has helped to build relationships between businesses and the community to produce a stronger economy and community for everyone.

Graham County was named after the 10,516 foot Mount Graham, the highest peak in the area. In 1846 Mount Graham was named after Lt. Col. James Duncan Graham, a senior officer in Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Kearney’s U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers.

Graham County’s early history was one of exploration rather than settlement. Today, the county measures 4,630 square miles in size with 22 square miles of water.

Graham County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Our Chamber of Commerce building also houses the community Visitor Center. We have exhibits that highlight some of the things that make Graham County unique. We also have amazing volunteers that can help with any questions you may have about Graham County.

Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center
Providing Answers to questions such as...
What we do? Where to go? ...and so much more.

Board of Directors and Staff

This group of talented individuals are comprised of local business owners, representatives of local business or employees of the Chamber of Commerce. All board members currently serve voluntarily and give of their time in order to promote the prosperity of the Graham County business environment and work to enhance the quality of life for the entire community and we thank them for their service.

Board of Directors

Ed Lopez
Ed Lopez
John Howard
John Howard
Laura Tolman
Laura Tolman
Vice-Chairman
Michael Sanders
Michael Sanders
Sheryl Goodman
Sheryl Goodman
Treasurer
Tabetha Aranda
Tabetha Aranda
Tim Linden
Tim Linden
Chairman
Vaughn Grant
Vaughn Grant

Staff

Patrick O'Donnell
Patrick O'Donnell
Executive Director

By-Laws

If you are looking for a little bit more detail about how the Graham County Chamber of Commerce is governed, read our By-laws below. Also feel free to contract the chamber with questions.

By-Laws
GVL QR Code

Gila Valley Leadership

Grow your leadership with the Gila Valley Leadership

The Graham County Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in a leadership development program open to all residents of Graham & Greenlee Counties called Gila Valley Leadership. The program provides an opportunity for current and aspiring leaders to learn more about issues facing the area, further develop their leadership skills and expand their professional networks.

You will enhance your leadership skills in addition to learning more about our local issues, how the community works and how things get done. Leadership can make a significant contribution to the local area.

The Gila Valley Leadership program is a 10-month program and is organized around monthly "issue days" during which leadership class members will hear presentations and tour local facilities relating to each issue. Monthly topics include education, healthcare, agriculture, mining, state and local government to mention a few. The expected class size will be about 15 individuals and the tuition cost is $350.00 which covers all meals, supplies and travel.

For questions, contact the Chamber at 928-428-2511.

GVL 17 18 Application and Brochure