The Durango Chamber of Commerce would like to set the record straight in regards to the Welcome Center and the letter to the editor from Richard Kemp (Herald, Feb. 19). The Durango Chamber of Commerce is not involved with the downtown Welcome Center, and therefore we were not involved with the selection process of the contractor.
The Durango Chamber of Commerce offices will remain at Santa Rita Park and continue to serve the business needs of our 800-plus members. In addition, the Durango Chamber of Commerce will serve the needs of the tourism traffic that visits the Santa Rita Park building. We currently are in negotiations with the Durango Area Tourism Office as we are evaluating all options for our valued visitors.
The downtown Welcome Center is a collaborative effort between the Business Improvement District, Fort Lewis College, the Durango Area Tourism Office and the city of Durango. The process for selecting the contractor was conducted by this collective group. Again, the Durango Chamber of Commerce has not been part of the selection process nor will the chamber be relocating to this facility. This collaborative partnership of BID, FLC, DATO and the city of Durango for the downtown Welcome Center will serve our community and tourists in a downtown location.
Looking to the future, the Durango Chamber of Commerce invites locals and visitors alike to come to the Santa Rita Park location, the red building, and explore what we have to offer our community, members and businesses. Our resources are abundant, and we look forward to providing information for years to come.
Jack Llewellyn, executive director, Durango Chamber of Commerce