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The Southeast Produce Council has moved its headquarters to East Ellijay, a small town in Georgia, from its former headquarters in Riverview, FL, just outside Tampa. The official date of the move was June 1, according to SPC Executive Director Terry Vorhees.

Angela Clark, the council’s part-time assistant, will be relocating to the new area and become a full-time administrative assistant. Her first day in the new office will be July 11. The council also intends to hire a part-time assistant for receptionist and general administrative responsibilities, according to Mr. Vorhees.

There should be ample space for all staff members, as the new office has over 1,300 square feet, compared to the 1,100 square feet at the Florida office.

Asked why the council decided to move, Mr. Vorhees noted that the northern Georgia location was more centrally located relative to the 10 states the council represents.

“If you look at the states that the council is involved in — and if you look at where this town is in Georgia — we’re within 30 minutes of the Tennessee line, an hour from North Carolina and a little farther and you’re in South Carolina,” Mr. Vorhees told The Produce News June 7. “So it’s more central to the membership.”

Mr. Vorhees and his associates will have to settle into their new headquarters rather quickly, as the council’s next major event is fast approaching. Its annual fall conference is scheduled to take place Sept. 22-24 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.