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Chamber building set to open Friday
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Officials with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce have announced they will move in to the new Ga. 400 location Aug. 6.


President Linda Williams said the chamber has plans to staff the facility seven days a week beginning in September.


The chamber has been located for 15 years in the historic downtown jail. They selected a new site just north of Kroger and closed on the deal July 19.


The 2,500-square-foot building will help the organization “increase presence to tourists, visitors and travelers,” Williams said.


She said the chamber is seeking volunteers for the new facility to “come in and help visitors with directions and refer them to businesses around the community.”


The building’s size, which is more than double that of the current office, will allow chamber staff more storage ability and room for local promotion.


The purchase of the $580,000 building was made possible through various sponsors in the community, Williams said.


The chamber moved into the historic jail in 1995. The building, which is owned by the county’s government, was available to the chamber rent-free because of a grant.


In return, the chamber paid for renovations to the facility.


The chamber has since outgrown the building and sought a more visible location, Williams said.


“It’s exciting, and it’s been a long time coming,” she said.


Those interested in volunteering at the new location can call (706) 265-6278.