Mission of the Oakridge–Westfir Chamber of Commerce
In general, the mission of the Oakridge-Westfir Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote and improve the business environment, stimulate a vibrant local economy, promote tourism and produce a cooperative effort to enhance the overall quality of life in the Oakridge-Westfir areas to their highest potential.
The Oakridge-Westfir Chamber of Commerce provides its members with many key opportunities for visibility and recognition. Our visitors guide is distributed state wide at visitor centers, to all chamber members, motels, hotels, realtors, and new residents and businesses. The visitor guide is a proven resource that has brought many people to our community to spend money. Chamber members are also eligible to place brochures and business cards at our visitor center in the Green Waters Park rest area that is open all year 7 days a week, where we accommodate many walk-in visitors each month. Our visitor center is the only one in Lane County open 24/7 365 days a year. We have received many comments in our visitor guest book at the booth about how happy people were to be able to get information on the weekend. Members can put their marketing material in a book at the Middle Fork Ranger Dist Office 4 miles West of Oakridge. We are also promoting our community on the web where even more opportunities exist. The Chamber offers its members the opportunity to sponsor events.
The Chamber bBard meets monthly. Our meetings are the first Thurday of the month most months. Meeting times vary although we usually strive for 11AM. Our general membership meetings are a great opportunity for members to get together and are held quarterly (March, June, September and December). Typically these are held at the Greenwaters Park Community Building at 6PM but confirm time and location with us by emailing:
Your Chamber membership gives you access to a variety of business education programs and business support organizations that can help new, expanding or existing businesses develop strategies to tackle tough challenges, increase productivity and understand the ever-changing issues that affect your organization. The Chamber’s alliances with local, state and federal business support agencies help you get the answers you need to succeed.
Great atmosphere and a fun time for all!
These are just some of the benefits you receive when you join the Chamber. We have other programs we would like to start up but we need your support. If there is something you would like the Chamber to do, then by all means, let us know. After all, it is up to all of us to make our Chamber a great one! If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Chamber.
- Membership Decal
- Oakridge/Westfir Area Visitor Guide
- Business Advocacy
- Business Referrals
- Business Networking
- Business Recognition
- Educational Resource
- Business After Hours
- Membership Forum Luncheons
- Chamber Staff Support
- Visitor Information Centers
- Green Waters visitor center is open 24/7 365 days a year
- Align our Community and Chamber with Travel Lane County
- Align our Community and Chamber with Travel Oregon
- UPDATED website
- Maintain a Website Promoting the Area and Local Businesses
- Support Education and Scholarship Programs
- Represent Business Community Interests with City Government
- Seek Grants for Local Programs
- Actively Support New Business Recruitment Activities
- Promote the Oakridge and Westfir Brands
- Distribute Promotional Materials
- Publicize Oakridge/Westfir area through the Media
What is it?
The Oakridge-Westfir Area Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of around 70 area businesses who have joined together to advance the commercial, financial, tourism, industrial and civic interests of Oakridge, Westfir, and the surrounding area. The Chamber is a clearinghouse, a public relations firm, a legislative representative at local, state and national levels of government, and information bureau and a research and promotion agency for our community.
How is it funded?
The Chamber is supported by the financial investment of its members. Any business or individual wishing to play a role in Oakridge and Westfir’s growth and development is eligible for membership. Investments are determined according to classification of business and number of employees. The chamber is also funded in part by support of the City of Oakridge thought room tax funds from Lane County. Chamber projects such as the visitor guide are funded by members buying ad’s and expanded with grant funds. Chamber membership is an investment in the Oakridge-Westfir area.
How is it organized?
The membership elects a representative group known as a Board of Directors to direct the affairs of the organization. The group formulates policy and accepts responsibility for a properly financed and managed organization. The Board of Directors is responsible to the membership of the organization. The Board of Directors has hired an Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the organization, the hiring and supervision of any additional staff and the implementation of program policy. The Chamber's Bylaws are in a PDF file that is downloadable at right. If you cannot open it, go to adobe.com and download the free version of Acrobat. This will enable you to open the document. You may also contact the Chamber at 541-782-4146 and request a hard copy be mailed to you.
Chamber Board Members
Board Member: Dave Davanzo - Lane Electric Coop
Board Member: Dawn Hendrix - Westfir Lodge
Board Member: Loren Hogue - Citizen
Board Member: Lynda Kamerrer - Oakridge Lodge
Board Member: John Milandin - Citizen
Board Member: Kathy Nichols - Citizen
Oakridge Mayor - Jim Coey
Westfir Mayor - Matt Meske
City Administrator - Louis Gomez
Westfir Alternate - DLynn Williams