Montrose Chamber of Commerce to close

MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- After 130 years, the Montrose Chamber of Commerce is closing its doors.

The board of directors unanimously voted April 22, after a 90-minute board meeting, to permanently close it down. It will take effect as of May 24.

The Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism shut down in 2013, which took away about $375,000 annually from the chamber.

Multiple other issues led to this decision including difficulty to retain staff, a decline in memberships, and a slew of other items.

"In my heart of hearts I would like to think that it would have a huge impact, but in the long run, I think that there will be another entity that rises up. Whether it be the city, and people call that for certain information. I just think that chambers, and their business model aren't viable anymore," said Executive Director, Juliet Carr.

The chamber says four different executive directors over four years and changing priorities also made it hard to grow the membership base.

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