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New Mesa chamber location part of ongoing overhaul

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 5:01 pm

Anybody who visits the Mesa Chamber of Commerce on Monday morning will discover the offices have moved one block from the old location, but the century-old organization wants people to feel like it’s a much larger distance.

The chamber has unveiled a flurry of changes recently to reinvigorate itself, and the new office will go a long way to reinforce things aren’t the way they used to be, said Sally Harrison, the chamber’s vice president.

“We looked at it as an opportunity to move forward with the branding and image of the chamber,” Harrison said. “In the last year-and-a-half, we’ve really tried hard to make some really positive changes. This is not the last piece, but an additional piece of the improvements that we’ve needed to make for ourselves.”

The chamber had been at 120 N. Center Street for decades, renting space within the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau. The organizations have a good relationship, but Harrison said it was time for the chamber to have its own space.

Its new office is at 40 N. Center, Suite 104. The transition will involve closing the office and shutting down the phone lines at 1 p.m. Friday. The move will be complete in time to reopen Monday morning. The 1,600-square-foot office houses about a half dozen employees.

Also, the East Valley Tribune’s Mesa office that has been housed at the chamber will be moving to the new location as well.

Along with the new office, recent chamber changes include building membership, improving the value provided to members and becoming more engaged with members. It’s also launched a new branding campaign, a new website and new logo.

“We’ve grown wings,” Harrison said. “I just think it’s the next step for us to continue branding ourselves as the new and improved chamber.”

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