After a thorough
search, I am pleased to report that the Chamber Executive Committee, our Lease
Committee and the full Board of Directors have been meeting for quite some time
and on August 9, 2017, the Board voted and approved the execution of a lease
and the move of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce offices to 546 So. Broad St., Suite 203
, in Meriden
Öon the Meriden
line. The official Press Release is attached.
This move will improve the Chamberís
access to the entire range of members (whether in Wallingford
and beyond) while maintaining and enhancing our presence in downtown.
move was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous individual who has
offered to donate an office condominium to the Meriden Economic Development
Corporation (MEDCO). This transaction
highlights the solid working relationship between MEDCO, the City and the
Chamber. This will allow both MEDCO and
the Chamber to increase regional economic development activities in central Connecticut.
opportunity will become official on August 31, 2017 at a closing when all of
the paperwork becomes final. The
Chamberís anticipated move date will be sometime in September 2017.
additional background, we signed our current lease at 3 Colony Street in 2003. The lease had expired more than three years
ago and since then, our Chamber leadership has been quietly exploring our
options. In addition, our office
building has been on the market for quite a while which has added to the
uncertainty. The five year initial lease
term at 546 So. Broad Street will improve our ability to make solid long-range
plans for the members and communities we serve.
In addition, the lease offers options to extend the term to a total of
pleased to further report that the Lease Committee, Executive Committee and the
Board have reaffirmed the Chamberís commitment to downtown Meriden via a resolution passed at
yesterdayís Board meeting. We have
already been exploring our options to maintain a physical presence and to increase
the programming in - and dedicated to - Meridenís
central business district. Specific
details will be coming in the next few months.
The Chamber staff and Board of Directors are excited
about the new location and feel we will be well positioned for the future. We
look forward to a ribbon cutting and an open house in the fall!