CHEERS! Georgetown chamber christens office and visitors center

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Angela Emerson, Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce president, snips the ribbon at the grand opening celebration for the chamber office and visitors center.

GEORGETOWN – Over the past five years, the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce has gone from renter to property owner and landlord.

The new home in the chamber’s occupancy odyssey sparked by destructive fire in May 2011 was celebrated Wednesday with a grand opening at the Greater Georgetown Chamber Office & Visitors Center.

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From left, Anthony DelFranco of CHEER, Kenneth Christenbury of Axiom Engineering and Scott Thomas, Southern Delaware Tourism executive director check out one of the rooms at the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce’s new office and visitors center. Southern Delaware Tourism is a second-floor tenant at the 827 E. Market Street property.

A special ribbon-cutting highlighted grand-opening festivities at the chamber’s new home, located at 827 E. Market Street.

The chamber has a tenant: Southern Delaware Tourism occupies a second-floor roost.

The office and visitors center borders the CHEER Community Center property. In fact, the chamber purchased the property from CHEER.

“We would never be here without CHEER,” said Karen Duffield, Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We appreciate everything CHEER has done. We’re happy to have you as the seller. We’re happy to have you as a neighbor.”

The chamber’s journey began in May 2011 with the fire that destroyed the Old Train Station in Georgetown.

The chamber was suddenly displaced.

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Karen Duffield, Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce executive director, speaks at Wednesday’s grand opening of the office and visitors center.

The town of Georgetown graciously extended a helping hand and the chamber was based temporarily in space at town hall on The Circle for about a month.

Next was a site at the old The Insurance Market office out on U.S. 113. Then, chamber headquarters moved to a rental property in the 200 block of East Market Street in November 2011.

Opportunity for ownership knocked for the CHEER property in August of 2013. The GGCOC answered and with help and assistance from many the current office and visitors center became a reality.

Ms. Duffield extended thanks and appreciation to Axiom Engineering, French & Ryan Architects and Tidemark Construction along with NCALL for financial assistance.

“I would be totally remiss if I did not pay the great thanks due and give recognition to the outstanding support we received from Mayor Bill West and council. When Bill came into office, we cemented a new & important partnership with the Town of Georgetown,” said Ms. Duffield.

The chamber received a first certificate of occupancy in November 2014 and a second with completion of the parking area in July of 2015.

“The chamber is thrilled to find itself here,” said Ms. Duffield.

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Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce president Angela Emerson proposes a toast at Wednesday’s grand-opening celebration.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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