Chamber Goes Virtual

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    The Orinda Chamber of Commerce in October shut down its downtown office and let go of its executive director. The organization had subleased the office in the Library Plaza from The Orinda Association since January 2005.
    Chamber leaders said in a press release that the vast majority of interactions with its members, the business community and local government are through Internet-based services, making a physical office space and an executive director not the best use of membership funds.
    The release also noted chamber communications such as its newsletter and event announcements would be powered by “low cost or no cost digital services … and carried out by volunteers.”
    The Chamber began in 1952 and has 80 to 100 members in good standing.
    Chamber board members did not respond to calls for comment.

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