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Chamber Welcome

Welcome to DeSoto! It was around 1848 when T. J. Johnson, fresh from Tennessee, built a tiny general merchandise store near the “crossroads”—at what is today the intersection of Belt Line and Hampton Road. For the 163 years since the first store was built, DeSoto has been a meeting place where members of the community live and work together, pursuing their common dreams and goals.

Today, DeSoto is a uniquely prosperous community of over 50,000 citizens. Though the pace is faster than ever before, that “crossroads” where friends and neighbors meet and do their business still thrives. The natural beauty and strategic location that drew early settlers are just part of what brings people to DeSoto. The values of those pioneer residents still echo in the institutions and businesses that personify our city. Working together as neighbors is more than just a great idea—it’s a way of life!

In 2006, the City of DeSoto was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. Each year, cities from across the country apply for this prestigious award but only 10 cities receive it. The All-America City Award recognizes exemplary grassroots community problem-solving and is awarded to communities that identify their challenges and collaboratively work together to achieve results. DeSoto was the only city to be unanimously chosen as an All-America City.

The Chamber of Commerce is glad that you’ve chosen DeSoto to live or work, and we look forward to getting to know you. You’ve come just in time. If the Chamber can help in any way, please call. We hope you will join us and be an integral part of our community partnership of neighbors, working hard as we plan and build for the future.

Belinda May, 2011 Chair
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