Executive director Bill Connors sees a lot of benefits in moving the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce into 13,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of a parking garage developer Gardner Co. is building on the southwest corner of Front and 11th streets in Downtown Boise.
First and perhaps most obviously, the new space will give the chamber, as well as the associated groups Boise Valley Economic Partnership and Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, better exposure to the public. Second, Connors said, the $1.7 million to $2 million anticipated cost of buying the space is a "heck of a deal."
But most importantly, Connors said, the chamber won't have a rent payment anymore. That will free up money to spend on efforts to help chamber members, he said.
Gardner expects to finish the garage building by late summer or early fall 2017. Connors expects the chamber to make its move in late 2017, about the time its lease ends in the C.W. Moore Building on 5th Street.
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The chamber kicked off its fundraising effort Wednesday night to pay for the new space.