Portland Regional Chamber in new digs

By Matt Wickenheiser, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 30, 2011, at 3:58 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Regional Chamber has settled into its new home in the heart of the city’s business district, at the corner of Congress and Elm streets.

The chamber moved from its longtime home at the corner of Middle and Pearl streets earlier this week. Godfrey Wood, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber, said the lease on the old offices expired at the end of the year, and they just didn’t need as much space as they had. A new, smaller space would also allow the chamber to drop its rent, Wood said.

The chamber hired Jim Harnden of Malone Commercial Brokers to help search for a new home. Over the last year and a half, Wood said, they looked at about a dozen different properties before settling on the offices that look out on Congress Street and Monument Square.

The old offices were in more of a retail area, Wood noted, while “this is definitely a great office location.”

“We were able to save roughly $30,000 in the current fiscal year in the rent by making this move,” he added.

Nine people work in the offices, he said. There’s a number of different-size meeting rooms, including a small, four-person conference room, a library that can hold up to 12 people and a board room that can hold up to 45.

Wood said the chamber signed a 10-year lease for the property at 443 Congress St.

“So we’re here,” he said.

Earlier this year, the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce moved from its well-established location to make way for a new arena and convention center in Bass Park.

The chamber moved temporarily to a city-owned property at 208 Maine Ave., near the Bangor International Airport. It has leased the property for $1 for the year while it looks for a more permanent home, with the hope being to find a spot in downtown Bangor.

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