NORFOLK, VA — The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce has moved to a new location at 500 East Main Street, Suite 700, Norfolk, VA 23510 (the BB&T building). On October 26, the Chamber began operating from a centralized location, merging its previous Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach locations to a new space. This centralization is the most significant event for the Chamber since local chambers merged into one regional voice in 1984. The roots of the Chamber go back to 1801, when the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce was founded. An Open House will take place on Thursday, December 3 from 11am-2pm, with a ribbon cutting at 11:30am. The Chamber’s Chair Bob Boyd (BB&T) and Chamber leaders from five cities will participate. Also expected to be in attendance to help cut the ribbon will be Suffolk City Councilman Robert Barclay IV, Virginia Beach City Councilman Bob Dyer, Portsmouth Mayor James Holley, Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms, Chesapeake City Councilman Rick West, and Norfolk City Councilman Randy Wright.
“This new location represents a significant reduction in our annual operating expenses, which will allow the Chamber to better deploy our resources and staff to meet the needs of our members,” explained the Chamber’s President and CEO Jack Hornbeck, CCE. “Being in a centralized location allows members to easily, inexpensively, and conveniently access the Chamber’s many training and educational seminars and other activities.”
Approximately 35 staff members of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, ChamberSolutions, Hampton Roads Sports Commission, and the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, Inc., will work in the new 14,000 square foot space. The new location offers a larger, updated classroom and conference center able to seat 60, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a Small Business library, and the latest telecommunication gear.
In early 2009, the Chamber received 31 responses from property owners and developers within all five Southside Hampton Roads cities, and the 500 East Main Street location was chosen for its competitive business terms, impressive facilities, and flexible amenities.
For 35 years, the Chamber’s regional headquarters was in a historic building at 420 Bank Street in Norfolk, which was sold in June to the Hurrah Players. In October, the Chamber’s Chesapeake office at 400 Volvo Parkway was sold to the City of Chesapeake.
The Chamber will continue to provide the same exceptional programs and services to its members throughout Hampton Roads. Board meetings will continue to be held in all of the cities the Chamber represents.
About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (www.hamptonroadschamber.com)
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its more than 2,000 member businesses, which employ more than a quarter million men and women in southeastern Virginia. The Chamber promotes Hampton Roads’ healthy business climate through economic development, public policy initiatives, services and benefits to members. The Chamber is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Hampton Roads.
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