The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce announced today it will consolidate its two downtown Davenport locations and move its Moline office this summer..
The chamber will sell its building at 7th Avenue and 19th Street in Moline and move into leased space in River Station, 1601 River Drive.
In addition, the Chamber will vacate offices it leases at 2nd and Main Streets in Davenport and consolidate its Iowa-side presence in space already used and owned by the Chamber at the New Ventures building at 3rd and Ripley streets.
The target date for the move is August 1.
According to a chamber news release, the goal is to increase the efficiency of operations while preserving easy access for members.Chamber leaders say the move meets current and future space needs.
"Since forming the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce in 2010, we've taken many steps to run the most efficient, cost-effective organization possible on behalf of our members and the region," said Chamber CEO Tara Barney.
"We integrated four organizations into one and have gone from five offices in 2010 to three in 2011 and now look forward to operating comfortably and more efficiently in two," she added.
Volunteers serving on the chamber's Facilities Task Force believed havingprograms and services equally accessible in Illinois and Iowa was an important consideration. Task force chairman Paul VanDuyne said his committee spent several months studying the space needs of the organization, developing criteria for optimal functioning, and exploring commercial buildings throughout the Quad Cities before recommending the Moline and Davenport locations.
"We are excited to have the unanimous support of our board in developing what we believe will be professional, state-of-the-art work spaces that will be inviting for members and elevate the image of the Quad Cities as we deal with prospects for business attraction and expansion," said Mr. VanDuyne.
"We are especially pleased that our members will continue to have easy access to all Chamber programs and services from either location," he said.
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