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Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce eyes holiday weekend move to new location

The Union staff

While the country honors its deceased servicemen on Memorial Day, staff and volunteers of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce will be busy moving their office from the Holbrooke Hotel to its new 2,200-square-foot space at 128 E.Main St.

Four weeks after the holiday weekend move, the chamber's new Visitor Information Center will open, the organization said in a Monday statement.

"Normally, moving day is pure drudgery, but in this case, it will be a pleasure to move into our new headquarters," said Keith Davies, executive director of the Grass Valley chamber, in the statement. "It has been in the works for the past few months, and everything has fallen into place just as we had envisioned it, even better."

The move is somewhat simple in that The Holbrooke Hotel is only three blocks from the new visitor center, across from Grass Valley City Hall and is being facilitated compliments of the house by Ernie's Van & Storage, a 30-plus year member of the chamber.

"This will be a short move in distance," Davies said, "but it will be a huge move when it comes to progress and growth for our membership, for visitors, Grass Valley businesses and for the community."

Robin Galvan-Davies, who with her husband serves as co-CEO of the chamber, will be executive director of the new visitor information center.

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"We will finally have the space to operate a first-class visitor information center," she said in the statement.

"It will become a hub of activity for tourists and local residents alike," Galvan-Davies added, noting that the chamber will have a Vendini point-of-sale ticket system, allowing one-stop purchasing for events in Nevada County, the state and even nationally.

One of the additional features of the center will be wall space dedicated to chamber stakeholders, providing information about their organization or business.

The individual spaces will include large flat-screen televisions with informative loop videos. To date, the chamber has seven organizations ready to install their displays and have a presence in the visitor center, including Sierra Vintners Association, Center for the Arts, Music in the Mountains, InConcert Sierra, Off Broadstreet Theatre, Sierra Stages and the Nevada County Arts Council.

"We are grateful for the terrific support shown by local art organizations and our vintners," Davies said. "And now, thanks to the new ticket system, organizations and businesses will be able to promote themselves in the center and also have the ability to sell tickets to their events."

Galvan-Davies said that once the new chamber office and visitor information center are fully up and running, a community open house will be scheduled.

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