Mary Claire Olson Potter is no stranger to the Hudson Chamber of Commerce.

She served as the organization's president two separate times, first for four years in 1996 and then again for three years in 2001.

So when the chance to apply for the chamber presidency came up, she couldn't pass it up.

"I'm here to stay," Olson Potter said.

Olson Potter said she is focused on growing the chamber, as well as providing more opportunities to current members.

"Trying to ensure we can continue to provide that value," Olson Potter said.

She wants it to be a resource for people, both visitors and residents as well as business owners. The chamber, she said, will be willing to change priorities and grow as needed to best serve the community.

"We're open to new ideas and suggestions about how we can improve what we do," Olson Potter said.

Olson Potter said she enjoys visiting the member businesses, and learning more about them. Even after more than 20 years living in Hudson, she said she still learns more about the area's businesses and what they do with each visit.

Though Olson Potter is coming in at a time when the chamber is going through a transition with staff changes and retirement, the start has been smooth. She said she is grateful for the work and support of the chamber board, staff and volunteers during this time.

"They've all really stepped up," she said.

Along with her chamber experience, Olson Potter has also served on the Hudson Plan Commission and Hudson Community Foundation Board. That service has kept her in touch with the changes Hudson has seen, and deepened her relationship with the community.

"It's an exciting time to be in Hudson with all the growth and development that's taking place," Olson Potter said.

Growth can bring challenges along with its opportunities.

A qualified workforce is an important aspect for Hudson's businesses, Olson Potter said, and the chamber will look at how it can support businesses in that effort. Affordable housing for the workforce is one piece of that, she said.

Parking, of course, is another challenge, Olson Potter said, one that's been around since her first days with the chamber. Changes are coming from the city with new meters and other efforts which will help accommodate traffic and keep it moving, she said.

The chamber is just one part of the community, and Olson Potter said it will continue to partner with other organizations in its mission. Those partnerships, she said, are what will lead to success for Hudson.

"People here in Hudson, they have a passion for this community and want it to be successful," Olson Potter said.