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Ribbon cut at Tualatin Chamber of Commerce office

Business group moves into new space, just a block away from previous office.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tualatin Chamber of Commerce staff celebrate the opening of their new location with Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden and Yvonne Addington of the Tualatin Historical Society. Pictured from left: Ida Hecker, administrative assistant, Linda Moholt, chief executive officer, and Liz Hatcher, director of member services & events. Nearly a month after moving in, the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce held a public celebration Tuesday of its new home.

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new Chamber office at Tualatin Plaza, 8101 S.W. Nyberg St.

“We are a membership organization and we exist because all of you,” said Linda Moholt, the Chamber's chief executive officer. She said it was “phenomenal” how many Chamber members pitched in to help the organization move into its new office.

Wendy Anderson, representing the Chamber board, touted the group's “amazing relationship with the community.”

“I'm looking forward to seeing where the road leads us,” Anderson added.

The old Chamber office was located across the street from the Tualatin Public Library, just a block north of the new location. Moholt said the Chamber was notified last fall by the building’s owner that he planned to expand the neighboring Hot Seat Sports Bar, displacing the Chamber. A deck is now under construction where the entrance to the old office was.

Moholt said the Chamber's new office sat vacant for a number of years prior to the move. It has been completely remodeled to accommodate the Chamber, she added.

The Chamber first moved into the new office on May 20 under a temporary occupancy permit before receiving its permanent occupancy approval on June 13, Moholt told The Times last week.

The feature of which Moholt is proudest at the new building, she said, is a wall decoration in the boardroom. It's the crawfish-adorned sign that welcomed visitors to the old Chamber office, taken from the building and reinstalled inside the group's new space.

The office also includes a visitor information center.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - From left, Tualatin's mayor and longtime Tualatin Chamber of Commerce board member Lou Ogden, Chamber Chief Executive Officer Linda Moholt, and Chamber board officer Wendy Anderson celebrate the grand opening of the Chamber's new office at Tualatin Plaza on Tuesday.

By Mark Miller
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