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4/1/2021 8:51:57 PM General
Marion Chamber Announces Plans to Relocate

The Marion Chamber of Commerce has announced plans to relocate this spring in a move that will further the organization’s mission and create a visible presence in the historic Main Street District. The Marion Chamber has been to co-located with the City of Marion and Marion Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) in City Hall since 2006. Prior that the Chamber was located on 11th Street.

“It’s no secret that Marion is growing- our population, business community and our economic development organizations are growing too”, said Jill Ackerman, Chamber president. “This move positions the Chamber to better serve our membership and prepare for future growth.”

The new space is located at 1070 7th Avenue in the historic Lillis &Wilson building. It will allow the Chamber to move forward with tourism initiatives outlined in the strategic plan. With the opening of Prospect Meadows two years ago, the Marion Chamber has added tourism functions to its program of work. The new location will open with a concierge center to welcome the thousands of visitors now at Marion’s doorstep, as well as provide information for residents.

In addition, the space will provide new opportunities for our organization:

  • 2,800 square feet with space for a front facing visitor center
  • A 25-person conference space and an 8-10 person conference room for hosting chamber meetings and programs (the space will also be available to our members)
  • A business hospitality area- members can stop in for a cup of coffee between meetings, or meet a client for a quick catch-up
  • The space is geographically close to where we host the majority of our Platinum Community Partner events making event logistics efficient
  • Will give added visibility to Uptown Marion-An Iowa Main Street District which has assisted with $27M in redevelopment and renovation projects in the district

Collaborating with the City of Marion, MEDCO, and other area economic development partners will remain a high priority. The Marion Chamber is looking to be fully in the new location by June.