Visitors to Rim Country are now welcomed by an electronic sign at the Chamber of Commerce.

Paid for by the Town of Payson ($23,000), Gila County ($5,000) and Arizona Aspire ($5,000), the sign will announce events on a rotating basis.

A dedication for the sign Tuesday drew almost 40 people. It also marked the one-year anniversary for Maia Crespin, the chamber’s executive director.

Just a few weeks ago it was unclear when the sign, made by Ice Signs and installed by Ironhorse Signs, would be installed. A record snow storm in February collapsed the structure where the sign was stored, damaging it.

Ironhorse Signs’ owners got the sign repaired and it was mounted on a stone pedestal built by La Roca Masonry. Sparky and Sons completed the electrical work.

“It’s the highest resolution sign they make,” said Heather Oberg, with Ironhorse Signs. “10mm per pixel. Other signs in town are 20mm per pixel.”

Ironhorse was still making last-minute adjustments to the sign as ribbon cutting attendees arrived Tuesday.

“I think the sign is beautiful,” said Crespin. “I want to thank the Town of Payson, Gila County, Arizona Aspire, the chamber board of directors and everyone else who made this possible.”

The sign will not display advertising, “a stipulation of the Town of Payson,” said Crespin, “as it is partially funded with taxpayer money.”

In Crespin’s first year as director of the chamber, she says membership has doubled, currently at 328 members.

The chamber recently partnered with Axis Culture Group to offer a six-week workshop on marketing, branding, company culture, customer service, social media and optimizing chamber membership.

Follow the chamber on Facebook @rimcountrychamber or visit rimcountrychamber.com for details on membership and upcoming events.

Digital Media Mgr/Staff Writer/Photographer

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