Our mission is to promote responsible business development, tourism & growth in the overall best interest of the Corning area through services & representation of the business community.
We are honored to support milestone events of our beautiful community. Through memberships with the Corning Chamber of Commerce, investments go back into the community to organize and host such events as the Installation Dinner, the annual Olive Festival & Car Show, the Hometown Christmas and well as other events throughout the year. Theses events draw thousands to Corning and offer something for everyone!
Keeping the Chamber strong is vital for the business community of Corning and its citizens. The Corning Chamber of Commerce networks with businesses continuously through Corning in the Evenings, Ambassador programs and supporting local events through the Chamber resources. We have membership levels for individuals, non-profit and businesses. As well as sponsorships with customized benefits.
We also commit our services to involvement with clubs and organizations. Promotion and support through community involvement is how we do our part to continue these programs in our area. We actively take part with the Corning Rotary Club and the Veterans Memorial Hall just to name a couple. We offer discounted memberships for these groups.
If you would like to inquire more about becoming a Chamber Business Member, see what benefits and networking we can work with you towards or sign up as a volunteer and donate your time to our community events, please reach out to us during our regular business hours. We will be here to answer all your questions and work cooperatively for the business of you and Corning as a whole.
The City of Corning, California (pop 7663) is located in Tehama County. Corning had its first development in 1882 when the railroad was extended to that part of Northern California. The city was finally named Corning after John Corning who was a railroad official. Corning was later incorporated in 1907. To find out more about Corning's rich history and how is developed from being Scatterville, please make the trip to visit our Corning Museum located at 1110 Solano Street in Corning, California. There you will find historical documentation, artifacts from Corning's history and the City's journey to becoming the Olive Capital of the World.
The major local industry is growing and preparing table olives. Corning also has a significant agricultural industry based on olive oil, dried plums (prunes, including the Sunsweet label), walnuts, and almonds. Corning is home to Bell-Carter Foods, Inc., the second-largest table olive processor in the world and the largest in the United States. Bell Carter produces Lindsay Olives. Corning is Home of the Queen Olive. The Queen Olive has been growing in Corning since 1897 when Warren Woodson was having difficulty getting fruit trees to grow due to damage by local animals and pest. Woodson and Foster bought and planted all the olive trees they could find. The Sevillano variety withstood the winters and the pest. The olive industry grew more with the success of the Sevillano olive, and Corning the home of the "Queen Olive".
The annual Corning Olive Festival on the 2nd Saturday in October each year is the longest-running olive festival in the United States. Started in 1946 by the local Catholic church as a fundraiser to rebuild the church to a larger building. The Catholic Church later handed the Olive Festival to the Corning Chamber of Commerce. The festival is now organized and operated by the Corning Chamber of Commerce and the event committee. The event was a celebration to the harvesting of the olives, not of the olive itself. The event has grown over the years to include the Olive Festival, the Corning Car Show and most recently a Farmers Market as well. Visitors from Northern California and neighboring areas of California and Oregon attend this festival every year.