We’re Settling in to our New Location
Have you heard the news? The Canton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development (SRPED) has moved their office location right in the heart of the city in beautiful downtown Canton.
The Canton Chamber, along with SRPED used to be located in the beautiful Opera House building up on the third floor. In 2017, the Canton Chamber and SRPED moved off the Canton square into the historical William Parlin home, which was the former Sedgwick Funeral Home. This wonderful location served them well and they thank Ralph Sedgwick for being an accommodating landlord and taking good care of them for the past almost 5 years. But downtown is where we belong!
SRPED is leading the way in a Downtown Revitalization in Canton and the Chamber is one of their biggest supporters! One of the main goals of the Downtown Revitalization is to get the empty buildings downtown to shine again. This happens when contractors or interested parties purchase these buildings and invest money into the buildings and the community. That is exactly what happened with our new office location. Local contractor, Max Kumer, purchased 48 N. Main Street and began remodeling without a solid plan of who would be purchasing the building. Then entered Cole McDaniel, Executive Director of SRPED. Cole approached his board about possibly buying the building with the intent to lead the way in the Downtown Revitalization. “We want to be a part of the movement, not just expect others to step up.” After many months of discussion, the board agreed to purchase the building and worked with Max on the build out. SRPED invited the Chamber to lease from them so that our offices could continue to stay together so we can continue to collaborate for the betterment of our community.
It is time. It is time to breathe life back into our downtown! If you would like to know more details on the Downtown Revitalization movement, feel free to call our offices at 309-647-2677. We will be having a ribbon cutting and official grand opening sometime in August. In the meantime, feel free to stop by the new office at 48 N. Main Street during regular business hours to see our amazing new space!