Maggie Valley Chamber relocates to new office

By Jessi Stone | Aug 08, 2014
Photo by: Jessi Stone Teresa Smith, executive director of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce, takes a phone call from her new office in the Eagle Plaza.

After working out of the mayor's office at Maggie Valley Town Hall for two years, the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce finally has its own office space.

The Chamber office is now located at 2781 Soco Road, in the Eagle Plaza just a few doors down from Premier Vacation Rentals. Look for the Miss Maggie silhouette until the official chamber sign arrives.

Teresa Smith, executive director of the Maggie Valley Chamber, said she officially moved into the new office on Aug. 1 and is still in the process of getting everything set up.

The office is just enough space for two desks, storage and room for a conference table so the nine-member chamber board of directors can hold its monthly meetings.

Smith said when the Haywood County Tourist Development Council took over management of all the visitor centers a couple of years ago, the chamber had to look for a new location quickly. Mayor Ron DeSimone agreed to let her work out of his office at town hall until she found a more suitable location.

Even though she didn't have much space, Smith said being at town hall had its perks because she was able to build a stronger relationship with the staff and really feels like she has a good pulse on the community.

"We didn't intent on staying two years, but it's taken me this long to find a place," she said. "It's a great space and location — a lot of people have already stopped by."

To decorate the new space, Smith said she has asked local artist Michael Meissner to paint several pieces for the office that will depict all the fun things to do in the valley, including skiing, fishing and motorcycling riding.

The Chamber will host its annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 12 at Maggie Valley Inn & Conference Center. Social hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. — cheese and crackers, wine and beer are included, and the dinner and awards will begin at 6:15 p.m..

Tickets cost $30. RSVP to Smith by calling 926-1686 or by emailing her at teresa@maggievalley.org.

 

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