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On the move: Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce relocates

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce President Marnie Uhl and executive assistant Beverly Oleson unpack boxes Friday morning in the chamber’s new offices at 7120 East Pav Way in Prescott Valley.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce President Marnie Uhl and executive assistant Beverly Oleson unpack boxes Friday morning in the chamber’s new offices at 7120 East Pav Way in Prescott Valley.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce will get to a fresh start with the new year this coming week by moving four-tenths of a mile from the Fain Signature Group building to the Kooiman Business Center.

The three-person chamber staff has been packing and moving boxes over to the Kooiman building at 7120 E. Pav Way this month, said Marnie Uhl, president and chief executive officer at the chamber. The chamber also has five volunteers.

While smaller at 2,000 square feet, the new location at Suite 102 will have the center and administrative offices on one floor, Uhl said, with the center occupying the front section. The center draws about 400 visitors a month.

"It's easy to find all in one floor," she said. "We can cover for each other" if someone is ill.

The office suite formerly housed the Church of Christ for about a year and a half, real estate broken Jeri Ann Kooiman said. Her office is in the building as well, and her husband, Dave, a building contractor, completed it in January 2008.

The chamber has rented the Fain building at 3001 N. Main St. for 10 years, with the center occupying 500 square feet on the first floor and administration on 2,000 square feet on the second floor.

Its lease was up at the Fain building, and chamber officials approached several landlords, Kooiman said.

"It's a great location," Kooiman said. "Their center at the Fain building was nice."

The Fain Signature Group supports the decision for the chamber to move, Managing Partner Brad Fain said.

"They have been a great tenant," he said. "We have enjoyed having them here. We enjoyed having the chamber of commerce in the heart of downtown Prescott Valley."

Fain said his family-owned company will continue to work with the chamber to promote Prescott Valley.

Another advantage of the move is the chamber will share the building with the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation.

"That is an additional advantage, not a priority," Uhl said. She added people who drop by to see Gary Marks, executive director of the foundation, might visit the chamber as well.

Marks said the move "gives us a little closer proximity to work" with the chamber. The foundation moved into the building about five years ago.

Meanwhile, the chamber's staff is moving 10 years of history into the Kooiman building. A & B Sign Co. installed the chamber's sign Wednesday morning.

The chamber, which has 620 members, is making plans for the new year. Gov. Jan. Brewer is scheduled to speak at the Prescott Resort Jan. 22, and the chamber will host an open house the next day.

"We are excited," Uhl said. "We are looking forward to starting 2013: new location, new attitude."

The chamber receives $113,275 from the town government for the current fiscal year, and is tasked with business promotion and retention and tourism.

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