Chamber moves to new space

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By Tris DeRoma

After a decade and a half, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation are now under one roof at 190 Central Park Square.

The Chamber shared space with the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center, located at 109 Central Park Square, but Los Alamos County Council voted last month to move the Los Alamos Visitor’s Center to 20th Street for more visibility.

With the Visitors Center gone, the Chamber decided to move in with the Commerce and Development Corporation for both practical considerations and to cut costs.

“It was a good opportunity to get all of us together,” Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Rynn Herrmann said.
Los Alamos Commerce and Development Executive Director Patrick Sullivan said it was a move that was a long time in coming.

“This is something the organization’s been looking at off and on for 15 years now,” Sullivan said of the consolidation. “The end of the lease at the old space coincided with the county’s desire to move the Visitors Center to the new location, so it felt like a good time to do it.”

According to Herrmann, the move hasn’t slowed their organization down, as they currently getting ready for the Downtown Creative Crawl Feb. 1 and Museum Monday on Feb. 4.

Sullivan said to have the Chamber of Commerce move in with them made sense logistically also.

“All of our programs are intertwined together, so having us all in the same spot makes things easier,” Sullivan said. “A lot of the meetings that we’re in we’re all together, so it’s easier to be in one space instead of running back and forth between buildings.”

The space is between 1,400 and 1,500 square feet, and it also features a conference room.

It will also help members of the chamber save on time also, he said, as chamber members will be able to come and meet with officials from the Commerce Corporation’s various entities that are under one roof, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Creative District and MainStreet.

“Most of the time when someone comes in they interact with multiple program. “Now when folks from the business community come in, they will find us all in one spot.

Small business owner and Los Alamos County Council member Antonio Maggiore said the move helps the business community in other ways also.

“I do think it’s a good thing for the town in that it’s freeing up the chamber’s old office space for potentially useable storefront,” Maggiore said.

He also said the Chamber’s new location could put some spark in the business community with it’s proximity to public workspace projectY and other businesses in the center.

“It’s a great location for them… it certainly feels much more inviting, productive and more of a meeting space than their old offices.”