Thursday, June 4, 2009
All under one roof
By SUE WATSON
Three organizations have consolidated office space in order to provide better service to the community.
The Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and Main Street all moved into one office at 148 East College last week. The tourism and chamber offices moved from the Yellow Fever House at the request of the building’s owner.
Last year the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce had moved in with tourism because the chamber wanted to put its building on the market. But the chamber’s building didn’t sell. Now the Main Street Association has joined the two organizations to operate in partnership out of one location.
Tourism director Stephanie Movre has been at the helm of the department for about two years, while Amy Heaton has served as executive director for the chamber just over a year. Cynthia Brewer took the oars of the Main Street program at its inception about six months ago.
The three appreciate the benefits of working together.
“We have all helped each other make contacts, and oftentimes, if I am looking for a specific type of vendor, Amy is usually able to offer suggestions through her many chamber members,” Movre said. “I’m excited about our partnership and I think it will help us all create a much more organized front as we implement projects and programs for the betterment of Holly Springs.”
Sharing offices in one building allows the three organizations to cut costs, share responsibilities and avoid duplication of services, Movre said.
Heaton, who has served as executive director for the chamber just over a year, said the extra space in the chamber building which didn’t sell makes it possible for the three organizations to collaborate and to save money.
“Therefore the chamber invested in renovations of its building to make it more attractive to the public and to accommodate the needs of all three organizations,” she said.
Heaton said she has enjoyed the experiences of the last year as executive director, the many friends she’s made and the partnerships forged with the business community. There have been ample opportunities.
“I have attended numerous workshops to learn more about the opportunities that the chambers of commerce have to assist members in achieving their goals,” she said. “I am fortunate to have concerned and involved directors on the board who are wholly dedicated to ensuring the success of the Holly Springs community, its citizens, and our businesses.”
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce has gained new members and continued to thrive as it continues to provide traditional services, implement new programs and offer new benefits to its members.
Some new projects this year put together by the chamber are the highly successful Recongnition Gala celebrated recently and the new Breakfast Around the Table seminar series begun in May. The seminars are a part of the educational and networking and promotional services the chamber is adding, Heaton said.
“Our three organizations, working collaboratively, will strive to support, improve and promote Holly Springs as an outstanding place to live, work and to do business,” Heaton said.
The chamber, tourism bureau and Main Street offices have scheduled an open house for June 16 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the office at 148 E. College Avenue. The public is cordially invited to attend.
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