A Message from the PaperChain Chair
WOW! They say time flies when you are having fun - I must be having a BLAST!! The past two years as PaperChain chairman just flew by and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank some folks for their help with PaperChain.

I want to thank the members of the Community Papers of Florida. Free paper publishers are the best, always willing to lend a hand when needed and support PaperChain and their association's programs. We could not do what we do without the publishers' help. The CPF members are so supportive of industry initiatives and we appreciate the support of CPF for not only their monetary pledge, but for support of programs as well.

Thank you, Dave Neuharth - your executive director - for all that he has done for PaperChain over the years! He has been a true leader for our industry and has offered his guidance at every step of PaperChain's development. He has helped PaperChain in many, many ways!

We also need to thank all of the other associations and executive directors that pledge resources to fund PaperChain, including AFCP and IFPA. Without this funding we would not have the agreement with SRDS that elevates our members' listings when media buyers search individual DMAs. This has been a huge boost to free papers all across the country and we are very close to renewing that agreement.

Lastly, I want to thank the volunteer board of PaperChain for their time and talents. John Draper, publisher of the Free Star in Pipestone, Minn., is the incoming chair of PaperChain and he will do a great job for us all.

Thanks again for your support of PaperChain and our industry.

- Greg Birkett
PaperChain Chair


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