Marion County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday hosted an open house event to show off the organization‘s new location in downtown Jefferson, which boasts a New Orleans style outdoor courtyard as well as new office space. 

“We are pleasantly surprised with the turnout,” Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s new Director Kari Alexander said Tuesday. “It has turned out really well, with a variety of members, potential members and old members.”

Bear Creek Smokehouse of Marshall catered the event and Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard of Harleton provided the drinks.

About 60 members and visitors turned up to the open house event on Tuesday to check out the organization’s new location at 120 E Austin St, directly across from the Jefferson General Store, inside the Jeffersonian Institute. 

Alexander said the group plans to take advantage of their scenic new venue this summer  by hosting quarterly  “Lunch and Learn” events in the space for members. 

“This is such a nice venue and I love to see this kind of networking,” Alexander said. “We really hope to continue this and host other events throughout the summer.”

Alexander said the new location, which the Chamber moved to in late March, affords them several hundred sq. ft. of office space and they hope to lease another adjacent office area in the Institute in the future.

Along with the new director and location, the chamber has a new vision statement as well.

“Our new vision is sweet and simple,” Alexander said. “Our vision for the chamber is to be the champion of economic development in Marion County.”

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Bridget began at the LNJ working in sports, city reporting and then on the education beat before moving to the MNM where she covers education and the cities of Jefferson, Harleton and Hallsville. Bridget has two daughters and loves her family and animals.