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Chamber Leadership

Our Unique Organization

The Ardmore Chamber and the Ardmore Development Authority are part of a unique "organization". Though governed by different boards, they are under the same management staff and housed in the same building. The "organization" includes two public trust authorities (Development and Tourism), a membership association, and a charitable organization. Management services for all entities are provided by the Chamber of Commerce and defined in an annual "Management Agreement" letter.

The President and CEO of the Chamber also serves in the same capacity for the Ardmore Development Authority, Ardmore Tourism Authority and the Chamber Foundation.


The ADA was born on April 15, 1964 following cooperative efforts of city officials and the Chamber of Commerce.

The ADA is formed under the Trust Indenture Statues of the State of Oklahoma (Title 60, O.S. 1961, Sections 176 180 inclusive), the Oklahoma Trust Act and other applicable Statutes. This was the first such Authority in the state and has since been the model for others.

The City of Ardmore is the beneficiary of the Trust. As such, the City appoints the nine trustees and must approve all issues of debt of the Authority. The City does not approve the ADA budget and activities. The ADA provides the City with an annual audit and report of activities.


The Chamber is a 501 (c) 6 membership organization. Payments to the Chamber are deductible as a legitimate business expense.

The purpose of the Chamber is to provide leadership for the promotion and advancement of the economic vitality and quality of life for the greater Ardmore area. The Chamber is the business advocate and community action agency.


The Chamber Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

The Foundation's broad purposes include charitable works, research, education, service and promotion of like functions.


The ATA is a public trust authority and as such, functions in a similar fashion to the ADA. Donations to the ATA (and the ADA) are tax deductible.

The purpose of the ATA is to construct and operate the convention center, and to promote tourism in the Ardmore area.

Noted Foundation and Tax Attorney David Rosenberg, Thompson & Knight, has issued an opinion that the ATA and the ADA qualify as a state instrumentality and accordingly, are proper recipients of charitable contributions under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.