Las Vegas Metro chamber is homeless! Sort of

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber is vacating its Town Square office space to make way for a solar energy company that is moving here.

That's according to a missive -- posted below -- that went out to members today. The company, SolarCity, announced in March it was moving to Nevada and was "scouting locations." I guess the scouts liked the chamber's digs.

SolarCity already has lobbyists in Carson City -- The Capitol Company. And now it has space to operate, as the chamber helps contribute to the state's economic diversification efforts.

It does seem odd that of all the office space in all of Southern Nevada, SolarCity wanted the chamber's. But I won't rain on this sunny deal.



Dear Metro Chamber Members:


Quite recently, the Chamber was approached by SolarCity, a prominent provider of solar energy systems that is moving to Las Vegas from out of state. The company is expanding its operations here and felt that our office at Town Square was ideal space to start off its venture in Southern Nevada. After due deliberation and board approval, the Metro Chamber determined it would be beneficial to the Chamber and community at large to sublease its current space and move its headquarters - initially to a temporary space until a suitable permanent location is found.


SolarCity's decision to expand here in Southern Nevada is a recent example of the revitalized economic diversification work being undertaken through regional and state efforts, including that of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. The company intends to create a substantial number of new jobs in Las Vegas, with a high future growth potential. As an essential partner in our community's economic development efforts, the Metro Chamber is proud to help this endeavor by providing a site that fits the needs of this expanding company so they can get their operations up-and-running in short order and hire new workers in our community.


So, as of today, we are a Chamber on the move. We are fortunate to have found a move-in ready location for the next few months. Our new location will be at Centra Point, 8363 West Sunset Road, Suite 250, near the 215 and South Durango. We are moving this weekend and will be open and ready to serve you from that location on Monday, May 13, at noon. Our telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same, and our North Las Vegas office will remain open and operational.


While this opportunity has come quickly upon us, rest assured that we have managed the process in a careful and deliberative manner so the Chamber can operate business as usual during the period between moves. We are committed to providing our members with the same array of high quality programs, events, council/committee meetings, and public policy meetings (which will resume as soon as the legislature concludes). Look for updates in our weekly emails or on our website calendar for locations, dates and times. Please note that we will not have space in our temporary quarters for a business center; but it will be on the drawing board for the new, permanent location.


And, speaking of a permanent location... While the Chamber always has been more than just walls and a building, we know how much our space has been appreciated and enjoyed. Where we are located is important, and we are looking now to find the right permanent home - one where you can meet and do business and that will complement our role as a community leader and partner. In the interim, and always, the Chamber will continue to be a strong voice for you in government and public policy matters, and is particularly focused as we enter the all-important last weeks of the legislature.


Our community is evolving in a progressive and positive way. The role of the Metro Chamber is to help businesses succeed and our economy grow, while working in partnership with government and other community systems to improve the quality of education, infrastructure and community resources in a measured and responsible way. This is our single-minded focus. It is a great time for all of us, working together, to be part of the renaissance of the Las Vegas metropolitan community.


If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact our office at (redacted).




Kristin McMillan

President & CEO