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Montgomery County Chamber celebrates new chapter

he Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce is settling into its new building, something organization leaders call a sign of permanence for a group that has found solid footing a decade after it was upended by scandal.

The 2,800-square-foot office sits between Christiansburg and Blacksburg. It was specifically designed and built earlier this year with the chamber’s needs in mind.

It has a 30-person boardroom, fresh fixtures and a closet full of golden shovels for photo ops.

“People kept saying you must be really proud. No. Every member here should be proud. This is their building,” chamber Executive Director Sharon Scott said. “They just allow us to have an office in their building.”

The move is the latest sign of recovery after the organization was rocked by embezzlement in 2010.

That’s when former chamber President and CEO Shane Adams was accused of misusing chamber funds. He was ultimately found guilty of three counts of embezzlement and ordered to pay fines and restitution.

The ordeal marked the beginning of a tumultuous period for the organization, which was left facing both a financial and membership crisis after the trial was over.

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