On July 22, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce started a new chapter in its 90 year history by opening the doors to its new building, located at 300 E. Park Avenue, in beautiful downtown Tallahassee. The Chamber called its temporary Calhoun location home for the past 2.5 years and the historic Columns building for more than 40 years before that. Our new Park Avenue location will be easier to find and allow convenient access by our members, businesses, families of students attending one of our higher education institutions as well as people visiting Tallahassee, while also allowing us to host more member events.
As proud and excited as I am about what this new home means for the Chambers’ and its affiliate programs’ abilities to elevate our services and host new events and programs, I am just as excited about the design, renovations and move coming in on budget and on time. We are extremely cognizant of how your valuable membership dollars are spent, and do everything we can to ensure the most efficient and effective use of those dollars. Additionally, the best news about our new location is that we own the building and can take pride in our new home. It also means that, because we were so fiscally responsible with the move, we can devote even more resources to providing the best events, professional development and networking opportunities and advocacy efforts in support of our local businesses.
I want to thank those Chamber members who provided exceptional help with the construction, specifically Allstate Construction, who provided construction management services, and Conn & Associates Architects, who provided architectural design services. After providing the most competitive bids during our procurement phase, both businesses ensured that our total costs didn’t exceed our budget and allowed us to move in on time. I’d also like to thank our Board of Directors, led by Chairman Winston Howell, for their support, guidance and encouragement throughout this process.
Moving an entire office of 18 people and years’ worth of documents and supplies is no easy feat, which is why I want to especially thank our Executive Vice President Stu Bevis for coordinating this monumental task. I also want to recognize our entire Chamber staff who, in spite of the responsibility of packing up their offices and other areas of the old building, still focused on their jobs and ensured that we continued to provide the same level of exceptional service to our members during the transition period.
We are planning on having a grand opening event in the coming months once we’ve gotten settled in and had the opportunity to complete all of the tasks required with a move, and we hope all of you will join us for the celebration.
Thank you for your continued support of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and our community, and we look forward to continuing to provide you and your business with the tools, resources and opportunities you rely on to be successful.