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April 8, 2013
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New Grass Valley visitors center expected in June


The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce has received authorization from city officials to move forward with the renovation of 128 E. Main St., the future home of the chamber’s new Visitor Information Center, as well as offices for the chamber’s administrative staff.

The building is located directly across from City Hall with ample nearby parking.

Contractors are expected to complete work by mid-May with relocation of the chamber office from the Holbrooke Hotel to the East Main Street site by the end of May, according to a news release.

Once the chamber of commerce has completed the relocation of its office staff, the next step will be to establish a Visitor Information Center to be opened by mid-June.

“This is an exciting time for the chamber of commerce,” said Robin Galvan-Davies, co-CEO of the GGVCC and executive director of the future Visitor Information Center. “We will finally have a location spacious enough to house all chamber administrative activities, as well as having the ability to dedicate a separate portion of the space to a visitors information center.”

“In addition to being a resource for Nevada County lodging, restaurants, theater, outdoor activities, history and other information that visitors and the community relies upon the chamber to provide, the new location, which is over 2,000 square feet of usable space, allows ample display area for chamber members to promote their businesses in a variety of ways, from the standard brochures and business card presentation to a large interactive touch screen with broader promotional capability,” Galvan-Davies said.

Galvan-Davies noted that a portion of the center will feature large TV screens airing videos highlighting the Nevada County wine industry and local vintners, recreation, theater events and venues, event calendars, wedding locations and much more.

The visitors information center will also install a Vendini Box Office System so that event tickets can be purchased at the Visitors Center.

The project was made possible by the Grass Valley City Council, the GGVCC and the private sector when, last December, they all came together and agreed to fund it for the next few years. All renovation work is being done by local businesses, all of which are members of the GGVCC, Galvan-Davies said.

“With the support of the city, and hands-on work by Sierra Foothills Construction, Imel Flooring, Beam Easy Living Center and Schrammsberg Construction, we will soon have a first-rate home for all chamber needs. We will be promoting and marketing the county in ways it has not previously enjoyed,” Galvan-Davies said. “And it is coming together because of the collaboration between local government and the private sector working to achieve a mutual goal. The chamber has been laying the groundwork for this kind of office and information center for many years, and we hope that our community will be proud of it.”

Once the new location has been fully renovated and all aspects of the chamber’s daily operation are in place, a public reception and grand opening is expected.

For information, contact Robin Galvan Davies at 530-273-4667 or email rdavies@grassvalleychamber.com


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