Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and Kirkland Downtown Association explore merger

The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and the Kirkland Downtown Association (KDA) have decided to create a "transitional board" to investigate a potential merger of the two organizations. The following is a joint statement:

JOINT STATEMENT OF INTENT

GREATER KIRKLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and KIRKLAND DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION

APRIL 14, 2010

Recognizing that the current economic/business climate in Kirkland poses risks as well as opportunities, the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and the Kirkland Downtown Association have agreed to a "transition period" to share experience and intellectual capital in search of the unique opportunities that will provide synergy and benefit both organizations exponentially.

The Boards of the above two organizations have voted to create a "transitional board" made up of an equal number of members from both groups to conduct an investigation of a potential merger by thoroughly and carefully considering the prospects of merging the two organizations.

Issues to be discussed, researched and decided include organizational structure, financial structure, sponsorships, membership guidelines, staffing considerations, co-location of the two organizations, and creation of a potential VisitorCenter.  A joint recommendation will be made to the two Boards by the end of 2010, and a decision by a joint vote will be reached at that time.

During the interim, from April through December of 2010, the two organizations, operating independently, will continue uninterrupted service to their memberships and to the community of Kirkland.

Our hope is that through this research and reorganization, the sum total of one organization plus one organization will equal exponential outcomes for the business community of Kirkland.