Workforce & Education


The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has been directly involved with workforce development issues for many years.  Chamber members have ranked local workforce as a priority issue in any surveying done by the Chamber, and other business organizations. It is a particularly important issue in rural Oregon as workforce skills are directly tied to economic expansion opportunities and the ability to retain or recruit good paying jobs to outlying areas of the State.

The Chamber Executive Director, Charles Massie, was appointed by the Governor to Chair the newly formed East Cascades Workforce Investment Board (ECWIB), after having served as Chair of the business led Oregon Workforce Alliance.


The ECWIB aims to provide leadership and direction to develop a world class workforce that addresses the needs of the employers and residents of our ten county area. This goal will be accomplished by:

  • Establishing the local workforce investment priorities
  • Measuring the results of those plans and publicly reporting the results, and
  • Serving as a point of contact for business, industry and the public sector to communicate their workforce needs.

In addition to the larger region, local business-led advisory teams will provide input to the planning process, specific industry sector strategies, educational programming, and partnering on workforce skill up initiatives in Klamath and Lake counties.

The Local Workforce Advisory Team discussions are open to any businesses, educators, and workforce service providers to share concerns, suggestions, and successes.  

ECWIB is partnered with the Central Oregon Workforce Consortium (COWC) an organization comprised of elected officials from each County: Locally Elected Officials Alan Unger Deschutes County Commission Chief Local Elected Official (CLEO) Steve Kramer Wasco County Commission Alternate CLEO Maui Meyer Hood River County Commissioner Mike Smith Sherman County Commissioner Steve Shaffer Gilliam County Judge Patrick (Chris) Perry Wheeler County Judge Wayne Fording Jefferson County Commissioner Mike McCabe Crook Country Judge Dan Shoun Lake County Commissioner James J. Bellet Klamath County Commissioner

ECWIB is a non-profit organization chartered to manage WIOA and State Workforce Development funds for a ten County region that includes:

  •  Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Deschutes County
  • Crook County
  • Wheeler County
  • Wasco County
  • Sherman County
  • Jefferson County
  • Hood River County
  • Gilliam County