Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce members will vote during the organization's annual meeting Jan. 14 on whether to merge with the Upper Arlington chamber.

Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce members will vote during the organization's annual meeting Jan. 14 on whether to merge with the Upper Arlington chamber.

The meeting will be held at Four String Brewing Co., 985 W. Sixth Ave. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon beginning at noon.

Information about the proposed merger will be offered during the meeting, and members will have the chance to ask questions.

Because a merger would result in changes to the chamber bylaws, members must vote on the matter, said Michelle Wilson, the Grandview chamber's executive director.

The Upper Arlington chamber requires only a vote of its board of trustees to approve the merger, Wilson said.

Wilson said she would serve as executive director of a new combined organization if the merger takes place.

Wilson is serving as interim director of the UA chamber.

The position was vacant after former UA chamber director Brandon Oates resigned Oct. 31 to move to Los Angeles.

Leaders of the two chambers have been discussing potential opportunities for collaboration, including a merger.

"Everyone feels it would be in the best interest of both organizations if we merge, certainly from a membership standpoint and from a fiscal-responsibility standpoint," Wilson said.

The details of the merger are still to be determined pending the Jan. 14 vote, she said.

"It doesn't make sense to go into all that until we know it's official," Wilson said.

Assuming the Grandview membership approves the merger, 2016 would be a transitional year for the new combined chamber, she said.

It is likely the leadership of each chamber would continue in their roles throughout the year before a new governing model would be adopted for 2017, Wilson said.

A potential new location has been selected for the combined chamber office, equidistant from the two communities, she said.

A move into the new office could take place as early as February, Wilson said.

The signature events of each chamber would continue, including the Taste of UA and Grandview's Digfest, she said.

"There are so many advantages to the merger, I think," Wilson said. "An important one is that we would be nearly doubling the marketing and networking resources."

The Grandview chamber has 324 members and Upper Arlington 409, but only 49 people or businesses belong to both organizations.

"Both chambers cater to small businesses, and we know there are a lot of people who would like to join both organizations but really can't afford it, so they have to pick one," Wilson said.

Grandview chamber members who cannot attend the meeting may submit their votes to Wilson at mwilson@grandviewchamber.org by Jan. 14.