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SANTA ROSA -- The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce said today it plans to relocate its downtown offices to a business park in the west central area of the city this summer.

The 850-member chamber signed a lease for 5,900 square feet in the Atrium Court building, located at 1260 N. Dutton Ave., and plans to move from 5,000 square feet in a city of Santa Rosa-owned building to the new location Aug. 1, according to Jonathan Coe, president and chief executive officer.

"As we continue to assist our business community, this new space will provide us not only with the room we need now but will also provide space for future growth," he said.

The chamber now employs more than 20, including staff for the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Sonoma County Building Economic Success Together (BEST).

A combination of the size needed, rent cost and easy access from highways 12 and 101 for members traveling from outlying areas of the county led to the choice of a location outside the downtown area, Mr. Coe said.

It's more important that the visitors center, located in Railroad Square, be downtown than the chamber offices, which are more of a destination for members attending meetings or talking with staff members, he added.