Chamber Move

In the new location, from left, chamber director Tabatha Utley, board president Tod Kinerk, and office assistant Johanna Zercher.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is settling in at its new location, at the junction of Highways 19 and 32-72 in the Crossroads Shopping Center.

A highly-visible spot for tourists, the spot provides a central base for visitors and local, alike.

“We have received positivity from our members about the new location,” said chamber director, Tabatha Utley.

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“We can catch more tourists, which in turn, points more people to our local businesses and services,” said Utley.

The new office has a more open floorplan, with room for small meetings with the board, as well as ample space for office work, brochures, and more.

A June grand opening is planned with details to come later. The move was made possible through support from the Dent County Tourism Tax Commission.

In a previous article by The Salem News, it was reported the tourism commission already had its own plans for a new sign. An agreement was reached for the commission to both fund a sign and reimburse the chamber for rent at the building (formerly Scoops Ice Cream).

The new digital sign located at the intersection will promote events, attractions and provide a centralized place for announcements, Utley said.

Chamber board president Tod Kinerk agreed with Utley’s sentiments stating, “this is just wonderful and we never dreamed of a location like this.”

The Independence Day Parade will be held July 4. The theme will be “An American Holiday” with George Flint as the grand marshal. He has been with American Legion Post 99 for over 25 years.

The chamber welcomes nominations for grand marshals, for the two annual parades.

In addition to a new location, the chamber has also released new visitor guides, completely redesigned and published by The Salem News.

Plans are also in the works for the annual Labor Day Salem Chamber Rodeo.

For further information call 729-6900, stop by the new location, or email