The Chamber Minute 12/22/23

The Chamber Minute 12/22/23

The Chamber Minute

With fallen leaves clogging your gutters, frost on the windshield and Holiday Lights blazing, we begin thinking about the New Year. At the Chamber, we begin our preparation for 2024’s opportunities and successes with the annual Board planning session.

For the past several years we have used your input about what you see are the most important issues facing our community, how you think the Chamber has been dealing with them and what you would like to have us address in the next year.

With that information the Chamber defines its annual priorities.  

To ensure that businesses succeed and our community thrives in our Bay Area, the Chamber is committed to the following:

Create a strong local economy

Through supporting the retention and growth of existing local business, focusing on tourism opportunities, supporting industrial development in our area, facilitating new business wanting to relocate here & streamlining the state and local permitting process.

Promote the Community

Through using a positive area marketing message both internally and externally, promoting Oregon’s Adventure Coast, by collaborating with other agencies on product/area branding and by supporting the area’s visitor centers.

Provide Networking Opportunities

The Chamber is the hub of information for business & community, utilizing events like Business after Hours, Wednesday Business Connection and the Economic Outlook Forum and more, to spread the word.

Represent Business Issues

By advocating for business issues at all levels of government, continuing to research and take positions on issues important to business and community, and by strengthening lobbying efforts with the state.

Build a strong Chamber

Engage new active members for committees and events; provide a mentoring program to ensure their success and incorporate best practices from Chambers around the state to continue our growth and effectiveness into the future

Part of the success of that effort depends on leadership. The Executive committee for 2024 was elected earlier this month, so let me share that information with you.

President— Allison Richards—CB NB CH VCB

President-Elect— Steve Nye—Engles Furniture

Past President— Stacy Dewater—Star of Hope

Vice President—Government Affairs & Economic Development—Ron Kutch—West Coast Contractors

Vice President—Tourism & Membership—Jeremy Oliver—Yellow Cab Taxi Co.

Vice President—Communications & Community Outreach—Tracy Pierce—NW Natural

Secretary— Amy Bailey—Mill Casino, Hotel & RV Park

Treasurer—Justin Miller—Oregon Pacific Bank

Your community has succeeded as a result of people working together. Your Chamber of Commerce provides the perfect mechanism for continued community cooperation and success. So, come join us and be part of the Team!

The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, remember our business is helping your business. And like us on Facebook!