LATROBE, PA – The Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce announced plans for opening a Visitor & Information Center on Route 30 in Sharky’s Plaza earlier this year and a grand opening for “The Neighborhood” Visitor & Information Center is being planned for January.
Thanks to support from the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the new Center has an official name and will bear a familiar name and logo. “Having “Neighborhood” in the facility’s name is an ideal fit,” said Martin. “When I first arrived last January, so many people made it a point to welcome me to the “Neighborhood” and that stuck with me. There is such a strong sense of community here and our new name will be a true reflection of that.”
The Center will feature area information on shopping, member business services, restaurants, lodging, attractions & activities and community-focused material for visitors and new and current residents of the Chamber’s service area.
GLLV staff have been transitioning to their new home below Sharky’s Café and coming soon will be a modern, business-focused, member-driven Visitor and Information Center (VIC). “It is an ideal location that offers great visibility and easy access,” said GLLV President David Martin. “Many times we have asked ourselves… how do we best tell the story of what an amazing area we have to live, shop, eat, stay, play and work? Once complete, the new Center will help us tell those stories and promote local and regional activities, opportunities and area services. It will tell the story of what makes our region truly great.”
The main objective of the Chamber’s VIC is to function as a local “hub” of information. “ The facility will present information and material from business services, home services and relocation information as well as details on where to have fun, dine out and spend your time,” said Martin. “When you consider the tens of thousands who regularly travel Route 30 for events like the Westmoreland County Airshow, Steelers Training Camp, The Great American Banana Split Celebration, or a day of fun in the Laurel Highlands, there is an amazing opportunity to promote area businesses and activities and provide people a roadmap for future activities and visits.”
The Chamber also sees an opportunity to reach the thousands of regional travelers making their way each week to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport for daily Spirit flights to Florida, Myrtle Beach or – coming in April – non-stop flights to Las Vegas. “The impact on local businesses and our area’s exposure to regional travelers will be considerable,” said Martin. “When you consider the amount of business travel and conference activity in Las Vegas, we are expecting the new daily flights to be met with much enthusiasm from the tri-state area and beyond… and introduce many to our great communities, local businesses and regional year-round activities.”
The Chamber’s Visitor & Information Center will provide directories and material from menus, maps, flyers, business cards, local coupons and information on area business services and real estate listings. The Center will be staffed to answer questions and provide suggestions. The VIC will also feature area memorabilia, local works-of-art, a history section, unique merchandise and be technology-focused. A new “interactive” 70” HD display and “video wall” from Total Service, Inc. in Latrobe will be a focal point of the Center and feature a variety of media promoting the Chamber’s Members and diverse communities in the GLLV service area.
The Chamber announced a new name and a new look in April of this year, introducing a colorful new brand representing the diverse communities its membership serves. Going into 2015, the new GLLV Chamber of Commerce will be a resource for promoting and building stronger, sustainable businesses that fuel our region’s continued growth.
For more information, contact:
David W. Martin, President . Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 463 . Latrobe, PA 15650 . 724.537.2671 . 302-604-4262 (cell)