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12/19/2012 10:26:00 AM
Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce moving to new location
Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Marnie Uhl, right, and executive assistant Bev Oleson, left, set up for the first board meeting in the Chamberís new office at the Kooiman Business Center on Dec. 13.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Marnie Uhl, right, and executive assistant Bev Oleson, left, set up for the first board meeting in the Chamberís new office at the Kooiman Business Center on Dec. 13.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz

Cheryl Hartz
News Editor

After a decade in the Fain Signature Group building on Main Street, the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce is relocating to the Kooiman Business Center, just a hop away but still in the town's Entertainment District, at 7120 E. Pav Way.

Chamber CEO and President Marnie Uhl said the move puts the administrative offices and the Visitor Center in the same place. They currently are on separate floors of the same building, with two different entrances.

"It's nice to have everyone in one location, with the volunteers feeling more a part of things, too," Uhl said.

The new 2,000-square-foot location formerly housed a church, so a partial wall is going up in the large central area to divide the Visitor Center from a work station in the back. Offices and a boardroom line the periphery of the space.

The Chamber's Board of Directors conducted its first meeting at the new location on Dec. 13, and the move will be completed when the Chamber closes from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. Volunteers still will man the phones, however, except on Christmas. Call 772-8857.

"My priority is to get the Visitor Center done, open and ready, and a volunteer will answer the phones (while the office is closed), even if they're sitting on a crate," Uhl said, smiling.

The Chamber, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2009, was founded as the Lonesome Valley Businessmen's Association four years before the Town of Prescott Valley incorporated in 1978.

The first office was down a long hallway at the back of the current Prescott Newspapers, Inc., building on Hwy 69, back when it housed Safeway, Sprouse Reitz and other businesses. Next, the Chamber occupied a space a short way down the highway and on the other side, where Futral Chiropractic now is located.

The Chamber will show off its new digs with a business mixer on Jan. 23.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Anonymous Anonymous

Agreed! Taxpayer dollars are a significant portion of the PV Chamber budget and a waste. Visitor Centers and Chamber offices need to be highly visible and located on the main highway. Move to Hwy 69 so people can find you and you can provide useful services. This Chamber can earn the money they need to operate, instead of receiving tax dollars. What a concept.

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: what a waste

What a waste of tax payer dollars. The town of P.V. is the only town in the area that supports the chamber. All other chambers are self supported by businesses in the area. This is a money grabbing scheme. It helps the real estate agent who owns the building and the sponges that collect our money.Wise up people, rise up people.

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