Press release from the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce:
Chamber seeking to expand downtown presence, Increase economic development collaboration
(December 31, 2009) In a strategic move to increase its downtown presence and potentially enhance collaboration with fellow economic development organizations, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce announces its plans to explore new facilities in central Fort Wayne.
The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which owns the Chamber building at 826 Ewing Street and leases its use to the Chamber, will list the building for sale. Barry Sturges of CB Richard Ellis/Sturges will be the property’s listing agent.
“This is a decision that follows our strategic plan,” said Pat Sullivan, Chairman, Chamber Board of Directors. “We utilized a committee of 10 business leaders who considered all of our options and needs. We need to be an organization built for the 21st century, as well as the best stewards of our members’ investment in our mission. From our perspective, those needs led us to the decision to explore new facilities for the Chamber.”
Discussing specific location options for the new headquarters, Mike Landram, President and CEO of the Chamber, stressed two things: The Chamber will remain centrally located in downtown Fort Wayne to best serve its member base, and, as part of that commitment, is exploring possibilities in co-locating with several other economic development organizations in one downtown facility.
“The benefits of a co-location are numerous,” Landram continued. “The improvements in efficiency, communication and collaboration are all things that would benefit our members and the Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana business community.”
Those interested in learning more about purchase options for the Chamber building, please contact Barry Sturges of CB Richard Ellis/Sturges at (260) 424-8448. For more information, visit www.cbre.com/fortwayne. For questions regarding the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, contact Maclyn Parker at (260) 424-8000. For questions regarding the Chamber of Commerce, contact Mike Landram at (260) 424-1435.
ABOUT THE CHAMBER
The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving its membership of nearly 1,700 Northeast Indiana businesses. The Chamber serves as a catalyst for economic growth in Northeast Indiana by providing relevant business resources for our members and facilitating strategic connections across business, education, and government. As the recognized voice of commerce in our region, we leverage our influence to advocate a pro-business agenda at the local, state and federal levels while serving as a government watchdog to keep our members informed of policy changes that will impact their businesses. By working in partnership with regional stakeholders, we will align the development efforts of our community to drive progress and promote economic vitality for Northeast Indiana.