When the calendar hits 2014, individuals who visit the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce and License Office will have better and larger accommodations to conduct business.
In October, the Chamber’s board of directors voted to move the offices from their current location at 920 Plaza Drive, Suite F, to 960 Plaza Drive, Suite H. The new location is immediately north of and in the same building as the Jay Rice Contracting office.
The move will double the current space.
Executive Director Angela Crawford said an official announcement could not be made until the Missouri Department of Revenue approved the move. Earlier this month, that approval came through, she said.
“The St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce continues to grow its membership and presence in the community,” Crawford told The Missourian. “Our combination Chamber and license office has been in its current location for several years now, and we’ve simply outgrown our existing space.
“This move is an exciting, new, progressive development for us as well as for our members and customers. It will enable us to provide our services with greater efficiency.”
Crawford did let Chamber membership know through an announcement during their October meeting that the move was in the works. She updated those in attendance during the November meeting.
The move officially is scheduled to take place in early January. Crawford said the Chamber and licenses office will be closed on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4. When they reopen on Monday, Jan. 6, they will reopen in the new location.
Plans call for an expanded license office area, complete with lobby, work stations and a welcome area. Crawford will have an expanded office, and a conference room will allow for meetings to take place there. There also will be increased storage.
Work has been going on inside the new location for a few weeks. Money to pay for the move will be taken out of the Chamber’s reserves as well as through a loan.
“I am pleased with the progress the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce is making regarding the future move of the license and Chamber offices,” board President Bob Triphahn said. “We see the move as improving the efficiency of the license office, which will ultimately benefit our customer base.”
One of the attractions of the new location is that it’s visible from Interstate 44. It is the Chamber’s hope that increased viability will increase business.
“We will be able to leverage interstate exposure, better parking and double the space,” Crawford said. “We are eager to get into the new location and continue the upward momentum we’ve worked hard to cultivate.”