The De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce (DPACC) traces its roots to 1895. It started as the De Pere Chamber of Commerce before becoming the East De Pere Businessmen’s Association and the West De Pere Business Association. In 2001, it became known as the De Pere Business Alliance, a joint venture between the De Pere Development Corporation and the De Pere Area Business Association. Finally, in 2007 it was rebranded to the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce.
Today, the DPACC has hundreds of members, representing thousands of employees in the De Pere, Green Bay, Ashwaubenon, Ledgeview, Wrightstown and more! We engage in economic development, event planning, and community improvement.
Kitty Johnson is the new president and chief executive officer of the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce. She serves on committees with the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, heads up the Fox Cities Women’s Entrepreneurial Grant Program for CAP Services alongside of Mid-day Women’s Alliance, is a former business owner, and an entrepreneur at heart.
With a comprehensive manner and a fierce commitment to business development as well as economic growth, her experience in private and non-profit sectors demonstrates her natural leadership abilities to effectively serve the De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce—a modern, future-facing organization focusing on the imperatives of community and economic development.
As president and CEO of the De Pere Chamber, Kitty is focused on helping businesses grow, and keeping our youth here working in local companies, starting businesses of their own in the De Pere area. It’s a clear call to action that’s driven by her years working in a community action agency as well as being a grandmother of 8.5 beautiful grandchildren, with their oldest being a junior in high school, contemplating his career path for a bright future. There is so much opportunity in the De Pere area and Kitty is excited to be a part of it all.