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Phoenix will add info center at outlet mall

PHOENIX-- Beginning in November, tourists and shoppers at the Pear Tree Factory Stores will have access to a wealth of information about what makes the other Phoenix special.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to give $10,000 to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to staff an information center at the outlet mall. The money comes from an advertising promotion fund financed with motel tax revenue.

We're ecstatic, said former chamber president Jane Force. We consider ourselves the hub of the Rogue Valley.

The city funding, along with nearly $8,500 in chamber funds, will give this all-volunteer association a more visible presence. Force says she hopes the center will have volunteer and paid staff and offer a variety of information about the Rogue Valley and the state.

The Pear Tree Factory Stores have donated a small office space at no cost to the chamber for at least a year.

I think it's pretty much a win-win situation, said outlet manager Patty Shelton. The chamber will be able to put tourist information signs up on Interstate 5 to publicize the office. It certainly won't hurt us to get those people in here and (at the same time) let them know more about Phoenix.