The Plano Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on its new space Thursday morning, marking the organization's first move in over four decades.
Jamee Jolly, president and CEO of the Plano Chamber, said Chamber personnel moved in on Tuesday and worked frantically to get the space ready ahead of the Thursday opening.
“This is brand new,” Jolly said. “We've still got a couple of finishing touches to do on the facility.”
The chamber's new offices are located on the second floor of the Legacy Texas bank building at 5400 Independence Parkway.
Jolly said chamber executives began discussing a potential move four years ago, after they decided to look for a location more centrally located in comparison to their member businesses.
“In looking at the needs of our membership and looking at where our membership is located, we realized the majority of our membership is west of Custer Road,” Jolly said.
She said the old Chamber location downtown at 1200 E. 15th Street has been sold.
The new location includes the “business center,” which provides chamber members and Legacy West customers with remote office space to use at their leisure. Jolly said part of the chamber's agreement with Legacy West for use of the space involves Chamber personnel operating the business center on Legacy West's behalf.
“This used to be office space years ago, so they decided to refurbish this space for the business center, which we will actually operate in partnership with Legacy Texas,” Jolly said. “The concept is that small business or any individual that's out on the road, working in the community and maybe they just need a place to stop in for a little bit, they can actually come in and have a seat and work.”
The chamber's new space boasts 2,500 square feet, including the business center. Bank customers and chamber members will be able to use the center's wifi, copier, shredder, kitchen and various meeting and conference rooms.
“It's really meant to serve that business person who is out on the road, or maybe they work from home and need a different environment,” Jolly said.
She said the chamber used cash reserves to pay for new furniture and fixtures in the space, helping to create the image for the chamber they want to present to the business community.
“This allowed for us to really go for a very modern, clean look,” she said. “We feel like Plano's business community is extremely professional, we're very fortunate to have large corporations, we didn't feel like our facility in downtown Plano projected the image we wanted.”
She said the new space also provides more parking than their downtown location.
“Our members will now have a place to gather, to do business together,” Jolly said.
Tyler Huslig, Legacy Texas manager, said the agreement is a natural outgrowth of their long relationship with Plano and its chamber of commerce.
“Legacy Texas has been assisting businesses since 1952,” Huslig said. “We're based in Plano. Plano is home. When we caught wind that the chamber was looking for more office space we got very excited.
“If you're looking to conduct an interview, if you're looking to hold a meeting, no matter the size, we have a room for it,” he said.