MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Chamber of Commerce has a new home at the CA&C Depot.
The chamber moved into the building last week and is still in the process of unpacking. Carol Grubaugh, executive director of the chamber, said that part of the move was due to a lack of storage. Now, everything will be stored under one roof.
“It’s nice and bright,” she said about the new location. “We love how bright it is.”
The city owns the building but the chamber will lease it from the Ariel-Foundation Park Conservancy for the next five years. The executive board negotiates lease agreements and will pay for the utilities and the up-keep of the building.
“It’s natural to have a business here Monday through Friday,” Carol said, since the depot serves as a welcome center along the bike path. “We get so many walk-ins, people from the bike path… it’s a nice welcome center for the city. Everyone is pleased.”
She said the chamber is excited to get things organized in order to promote local businesses and to direct people to what they are looking for. This new location will give them a better opportunity to the community at large.
The chamber will still offer the same amenities to its members, such as the use of a conference room.
An open house, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, will be scheduled sometime in September.
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