WILMINGTON — When opportunity knocks, you answer, and that’ss why the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce is announcing its new location at 21 N. South St.
The chamber, which for the last year has been located at 63 W. Main St. — along with Main Street Wilmington and the United Way of Clinton County — officially took up residence in the new office just around the corner earlier this month.
“The move really made sense for all three organizations, for a variety of reasons,” said Dessie Rogers, Executive Director of the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve gained dedicated space to meet with our members, separate offices so we aren’t disturbing each other with our own work, and proximity to the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, with whom we regularly partner. It really is a win-win situation for the chamber.”
For the United Way, the move allows more confidential space for meeting with the agencies they support.
“This new space will help us manage our allocation process much more efficiently,” said Amanda Harrison, President/CEO of the United Way of Clinton County, “while still being able to stay responsible to our supporters by managing costs through sharing space.”
The United Way’s annual holiday fundraiser, the Festival of Wreaths, will still be held at 63 W. Main St. this year 3-6p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. “We’re grateful to Jim Burnett, the owner of 63 West Main, for his flexibility in allowing us to still use the great storefront space for the event,” Harrison added.
That storefront space is one of the reasons why Main Street Wilmington was also in favor of the move.
“Good retail space in the downtown is hard to find,” said Darcy Reynolds, Executive Co-Director of Main Street Wilmington. “We can operate out of any space in the historic downtown, so we were glad to have this opportunity to open up 63 West Main for a business in need of the marketing potential of the location and window display space.”
Main Street Wilmington will still be utilizing the Mural Parking Lot and Concession Stand for downtown events, including Hometown HoliDazzle on Saturday, Nov. 30.
All three organizations will be hosting an open house early in the new year to welcome the community to the new space.
The Chamber of Commerce can be reached at 937-382-2737 and firstname.lastname@example.org; Main Street Wilmington can be reached at 937-382-2737 and email@example.com; the United Way can be reached at 937=383-4846 and firstname.lastname@example.org.