When the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s moves to East King Street later this year, you might say it will bring the team along.
The Lancaster City Alliance announced last week it plans to move into 115 East King as well.
So will Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, EDC Finance Corp., Leadership Lancaster, and Business Group on Health, a chamber affiliate.
Those last four organizations already share space with the chamber in Southern Market Center at South Queen and Vine streets. The city plans to sell Southern Market, prompting their moves.
Bob Shoemaker, president of the alliance, said it will be good for the city-focused organization to be in downtown’s core. When he’s downtown, Shoemaker said, he’s seeing city and county officials, legislators and business and non-profit leaders.
The alliance works on issues such neighborhood development, economic development and marketing the city.
The alliance, now at 354 N. Prince St., will continue its commitments to the Downtown Investment District and the city’s northwest, Shoemaker said. Its red-shirted bike ambassador patrols will also work out of the new site.
The move also makes sense for the Economic Development Company, said president Lisa Riggs.
“We all work together closely on a day-to-day basis, so being able to walk down the hall makes things that much more efficient,” Riggs said.
The Economic Development Company and EDC Finance are complementary nonprofit organizations devoted to economic growth and business development.
Leadership Lancaster grooms and trains volunteers to help nonprofits and address community needs. And Business Group on Health is a coalition of employers that addresses the cost and quality of health care for employees.
Chamber President Tom Baldrige said bringing the organizations together will have numerous benefits.
“The synergy that will result from having five organizations under one roof won't just realize efficiencies in operational costs but, as importantly, it will realize opportunities to create greater impact on our collective missions,” he said. “Being together will make all of us better positioned to benefit the communities we serve and offers a strong statement on our commitment to collaboration.”
The chamber plans to announced a capital campaign called Thrive! Building for Greater Impact to help raise money for the relocation and renovation of the project.
And it expects to close on 115 East King as early as March and move in by year’s end.