The Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce (PSCC) will be moving into new office space in Warman at the beginning of April.
At a meeting on Monday, February 25, Warman City Council approved a proposal from the PSCC for the lease of a portion of the city’s old library location at 101 Klassen Street. The 660 square foot space was formerly occupied by the Eagles Arise Training Centre, and prior to that served as a meeting room space for the library and community groups. It has been vacant for the past year.
The majority of the old library building is currently leased from the city by the non-profit Route 11 Creative Arts Centre.
PSCC Chair Tracey Fesiuk said the chamber of commerce believes the central location of the office space will benefit the organization, its members, and the city as a whole.
“The Prairie Sky Chamber plays a very important role in helping local businesses, as well as the economic region, thrive,” said Fesiuk in a letter to council. “With 200 local businesses as members utilizing our resources and services, we work tirelessly to help promote, connect and develop business. Our various events and meetings provide local business owners and community members a space to network, build connections and collaborate.”
Fesiuk said having the chamber office on Klassen Street “will contribute to the vibrancy of the downtown area” and provide businesses with easier access to the chamber’s resources.
At the same time, she noted, the Prairie Sky Chamber office will provide display space for works of art by member artists of the Route 11 Creative Arts Centre.
The PSCC will be paying a lease comparable to rates at the lower end of the rental range for civic-owned facilities, but the PSCC is a non-profit organization, and the building is much older than other city facilities such as the Legends Centre.