Grass Valley Chamber moving — again |

Grass Valley Chamber moving — again

Christopher Rosacker
Staff Writer

Less than three months after it moved into downtown Grass Valley's historic Holbrooke Hotel, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce announced plans Monday to move to a new location just a block down the street, across from City Hall.

In a joint venture with the chamber and private entities, the Grass Valley City Council voted 5-0 at its Dec. 11 meeting to fund $60,000 for operating expenses for the Visitors Information Center for the next fiscal year.

"This is a great example of how the private sector and government can work together for the betterment of the community," explained Keith Davies, the new executive director of the chamber, in a statement. "It happened because all interested parties wanted it to happen and worked toward that goal. Two private parties and two public sectors came together. Compromises were made and a long-range vision was agreed upon."

The upcoming relocation is the latest in the chamber's series of location transitions over the last couple years.

The chamber moved to the Holbrooke in mid-November on a six-month lease, nearly a year after it settled into temporary facilities on Henderson Street, near the Beam Easy Living Center, owned by chamber board member Bob Medlyn.

That move was prompted by the closing of the chamber's previous visitor center in the historic Lola Montez House at 248 Mill St., which was purchased by neighboring Emmanuel Episcopal Church in November 2011 to accommodate a growing congregation.

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The Holbrooke move was followed a couple of weeks later by the sudden retirement of 20-year chamber President Mary Ann VanMeter, who was replaced by Keith Davies and Robin Galvan-Davies, a couple that began as co-CEOs of the chamber effective the beginning of January. The new 2,200 square-foot Visitors Information Center and new Chamber offices at 128 East Main St. are expected to open in mid-April and the Visitors Information Center will open in June.

"It's very exciting," said Galvan-Davies, who will serve as executive director of the centrally located visitors center.

The chamber will continue to pay rent at the Holbrooke as it transitions into the new location, Galvan-Davies said.

At the December meeting, the council also voted to allow the chamber to execute a long-term lease with the property owners of the new location, represented by Keoni Allen and Jeff Johnson. Galvan-Davies said the exact duration of that agreement would be forthcoming.

"We owe a big thanks to the city of Grass Valley and our city council for their support — a special thanks to City Administrator Dan Holler," Galvan-Davies said in a statement, adding that 2012 Chamber chair Patti Ingram, and 2013 chair Susan Rice also played important roles in making the plan become a reality.

"It was a positive-thinking team effort,including tremendous support from the building's owners and the full board of the Chamber," she noted.

For more information contact Keith or Robin Davies at 530-273- 4667, 701-3225.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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