For years, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Development Authority and Convention and Visitors Bureau have operated with a common goal – to strengthen the community they serve.
Now they have a common address as well.
Thursday, the three entities came together to throw a small celebration officially opening their new under-the-same-roof offices in the old Health Department Building. Located at the end of a street aptly renamed Business Blvd., the offices give the three organizations a new home and, according to Development Authority Chair Mark Wills, a new sense of synergy.
“When you look at the missions of these three – the Chamber, the Development Authority and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau – they are all doing things for the good of the community. So being the same building, being able to communicate, can only make that easier.”
Rich Crawford, chairman of the CVB board, said that having the three offices under one roof wasn’t just an asset to the organization, but also Columbia County as a whole.
“It’s a huge asset to the community,” he said. “Because it means we are all here, together, working together, to promote Columbia County. It gives us, and the people that use us, a lot of resources.”
Wills said that the joint offices serve as an example of why Columbia County is successful as a community and government. He said it’s about disparate agencies and organizations understanding that there is strength in numbers. “It’s the reason we have a community that works,” he said. “Things just mesh.”