GREENFIELD — Greenfield Chamber/Main Street and Development will be fully moved into their new location in the next week or two.
Chamber/Main Street and Development was previously housed in the basement of the Old Carnegie Library across from Union State Bank. Storm water backup poured into the office shortly after COVID-19 pushed employees to work remotely. The storm water damaged the office but it has since been repaired.
At about the same time it occurred, a tenant that occupying the office in the back of the Greenfield City Hall/Public Library facility on S. First St. just south of the public square gave notice that they would be vacating that space.
The city council and Chamber talked about the matter and agreed it would be a good fit for both entities to be housed under the same roof, so a formal agreement was approved for Chamber to move into the city facility.
A strong partnership already exists between the Chamber and the City of Greenfield, said Stacie Hull, Chamber/Main Street and Development’s Executive Director.
Hull explained that Main Street Iowa, of which Greenfield is a part of, requires public and private partnerships. Chamber is a private non-profit and the city is the public entity.
“They have to sign off on the state [paperwork] saying they agree to support our programs and all parties have to maintain certain criteria for us to stay an accredited Main Street Iowa town,” Hull said. “I keep in close contact with them and we work together on so many things and are often referring people to each other. It just makes sense to put us in the same area.”
Hull said that the new office space will allow for her to have a private office, which will allow for private business conversations to happen in even greater privacy. Another office in the space will allow for meetings or committees to have a workspace, and a larger, more suitable storage area will be available to the Chamber.
The Chamber will soon be putting new signage on the north door of the Greenfield City Hall and will have clients primarily use those doors for visiting Chamber/Main Street and Development.
Hull hopes to be moved into the new office in early August to begin seeing visitors on an appointment-only basis.