Celebrating OUR Community
By: Josh Cross, CEO & President of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce

Let’s face it; we have an incredible community. Oddly enough, I don’t feel like we celebrate or pay enough attention to it. Our town is growing and blossoming right before our eyes! You don’t want to miss it. Here are some things that you may not have noticed about our community that make it amazing.

For starters, our town rocks for families. The outdoor possibilities for families are endless. We have amazing parks and playgrounds like the Joy Playground, Heilmann Regional Park, Paloma Creek Park, and others. There’s plenty of space for kids to run and families to picnic. Even in the heart of downtown, there’s space for families to spend time together in the Sunken Garden by a beautiful fountain and shaded by large trees.

Besides, how many other towns can say they’ve got a lake, a zoo, a movie theater, and a monolith? There’s never a boring weekend for families here! I haven’t even mentioned the small businesses and places that cater to families offering fun games and activities like A-Town Park, a skateboard park with skate camps, Wild Fields Brewhouse with games and fun toys for kids, and more.

Our community is also a growing hot spot for wine tasting rooms, breweries, cideries, and distilleries! We’ve seen approximately two new wine tasting rooms, three breweries, one cidery open within just a few years. If you haven’t checked out downtown Atascadero, you’ll want to! It’s hopping after work, especially on Fridays, with all of these tasting rooms (it’s one of the reasons the Chamber team and I launched the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Passport. It’s an easy way to explore and taste all wine, beer, ciders, and spirits in our community all year long.)

That’s not all! Our family-owned shops offer goods that you can’t find anywhere else and our  mouth-watering restaurants that seem grow in number every year. There’s too much to list all on one page. Besides, I want to know what you love about Atascadero! That’s why the Chamber team and I are rolling out the new #Atascamazing campaign. We want to celebrate our fantastic community. So tag us in your social media posts, @Atascadero_Chamber on Instagram and @AtascaderoChamberOfCommerce on Facebook, and use the hashtag #Atascamazing and let us know what you love about Atascadero.

To go along with the #Atascamazing celebration, we’ve released a whole new line of Atascadero goods. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce and check our our selection of mugs, license plate frames, bags, journals, water bottles, and stickers. We’ve got something for everyone to show their Atascadero spirit! You can also buy your gear from the online shop at AtascaderoChamber.org.

Our Atascadero community is growing, changing, and blossoming. If you’d like to be a part of supporting and promoting positive change and action, join an Atascadero Chamber Council. There are five different councils and committees for Chamber Members to choose from: the Ambassador Council, Diversity Council, Economic Prosperity Council, Wine & Beer Event Planning Committee, and the Women’s Business Council. All Chamber Members are welcome to sit on one or multiple councils. Share your ideas, and make a positive impact on our Atascamazing community! To join, simply go to www.atascaderochamber.org/committees and scroll down to the bottom of the page to register.

-Josh Cross, Atascadero Chamber CEO

Josh Cross

President & CEO of the Atascadero Chamber | Josh Cross

Josh Cross is a longtime Central Coast local, having grown up right here in Atascadero. He has a strong knowledge of governmental and community issues, in addition to economic development. Previously he worked as the Director of Economic Development for the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, and has always been passionate about the incredible work Chambers can do for their community.