Michael Brummer/The Exchange Awarded Downtown Effingham Business Improvement Award

The Downtown Effingham Business Group (DEBG) recognizes businesses in the central business district that contribute to the ongoing economic vitality of the area by improving their building and property.

Members of the group select recipients on a quarterly basis. Award criteria include completion of restoration or renovation to an existing building (including building expansion); construction of a new building; the opening of a new business; or improvement to the physical appearance of a building through landscaping and exterior décor.

Brummer opened The Exchange at 214 W. Jefferson Ave. in Effingham. The Exchange is a community workspace (coworking) that was designed for productivity. Brummer has turned an old historical building into a modern work/living space with a variety of amenities all while retaining the building’s character.

“The Exchange team is so grateful to be a part of the community that is developing in our vibrant downtown. We’ve enjoyed getting to share the unique historical character and architecture with locals and visitors. Thanks to the Downtown Effingham Business Group for the recognition of our efforts.”

A Ribbon Cutting at The Exchange is planned for Wednesday, September 22 at 4 pm. To learn more about The Exchange, visit Exchange1890.com or call (217) 663-8409.

Pictured above (L-R): Chamber President & CEO Lucinda Hart, Michael Brummer, and DEBG Co-Chair Sasha Althoff.


About the Effingham Downtown Effingham Business Group
The Downtown Effingham Business Group is an affiliate of the Effingham County Chamber. Membership is open to downtown business owners and managers and those who have an interest in keeping Effingham’s central business district strong and growing. Contact the Chamber office at (217) 342-4147 for information on how you can support our efforts to attract shoppers and business opportunities to downtown Effingham.


About the Effingham County Chamber
Founded in 1917, the Effingham County Chamber is the county’s leading advocate and champion for business. The Chamber works to create a climate of growth and success in our community by providing leadership opportunities as well as volunteer programs and business-building initiatives that focus on the critical priorities of Effingham County.  By leveraging the support, talent, and resources of our members, the Effingham County Chamber is leading efforts to achieve business success and community growth.