Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Represents Local Business at the State Capitol
The 2017 Legislative Agenda presented by the Chamber promotes and defends economic vitality and prosperity.
Salem, February 9, 2017: A delegation of representatives from the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses toured the State Capitol this past Tuesday, February 7th and Wednesday, February 8th in an effort to bring the issues of rural communities to the forefront of legislative concern.
Meeting with such dignitaries as Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (pictured with Klamath County Commissioner Derrick DeGroot) and Senator Alan DeBoer, as well as Karmen Fore (Transportation Advisor for Governor Kate Brown) and many other Representatives and Senators, the Klamath County group remained focused on efforts to promote and defend economic vitality through advocacy and leadership, delivering the message that rural communities are an asset to the overall betterment of the State of Oregon.
Close to 250 guests enjoyed a Hollywood-style awards show on January 14th at the 96th Annual Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala sponsored by US Bank. Chamber members were asked to nominate the businesses, organizations, or individuals that they felt best represented the spirit of the Gala.
The Best Place to Work category encompasses both businesses with fewer than 15 employees and businesses with more than 16 employees. These awards are granted to businesses that provide employees with an outstanding positive, healthy and productive workplace. The winner of the 15 or less category was Emmett’s Auto Repair. The nominators noted that the company puts family first, and the family oriented atmosphere infuses the organization. The winner of the 16 or more category was AirLink Critical Care Transport; the nominators were enthusiastic in their endorsement of AirLink’s passion for the work they do and the happiness of their employees.
The concept behind the Big IDEA Innovation Award is to recognize an organization in any industry that employs new ideas or approaches to doing business. The winner in this category was RAD Used Bikes, for their innovative use of available components to repurpose old bicycles into new machines of transportation.
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to name Wes French as the Board of Director’s president-elect. French will assume the title of Board President effective in January, 2017.
Wes French has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for 3 years, and has also served as the Military Affairs Committee Chair. "I'm really excited about the upcoming year and the direction the Chamber is going! My top priorities are to strengthen Klamath business by working with our members on strategies that work the best for them, engage with our state and national elected officials on issues that affect the basin and continue to move the Chamber forward as an organization of excellence," French said.
“Wes has served on our board for a number of years and is dedicated to our organization and community,” said Heather Tramp, Executive Director of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, “I’m looking forward to working with him in this new role.”
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of current Interim Executive Director, Heather Tramp, as Executive Director effective immediately. The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Tramp will continue to be an excellent steward of the Chamber’s mission and a leader and advocate for our community. The Board recognizes that Tramp is a leader who, with several years’ experience at the Chamber, is the right person to pursue its members’ interests and support community initiatives.
Tramp has served the Chamber for the past eight years as the Marketing and Program Coordinator. In that position she has developed and/or coordinated programs such as Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Traffic Driver strategic marketing plans, managed the development and promotion all Chamber events, represented the Chamber at various meetings with local government staff and agencies, and helped on several key initiatives important to the members of the Chamber and residents of Klamath County.
Before joining the Chamber, Tramp had extensive experience in Customer Service, including training of employees and management of time sensitive projects; this experience has helped her to hone the programs and projects developed by the Chamber throughout the past several years. Additionally, Tramp earned a Business and Marketing Degree from Klamath Community College during her time at the Chamber.
Tickets are on sale now for the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce 96th Annual Awards Gala sponsored by US Bank. This Hollywood-style awards show is scheduled for January 14th, 2017 at the Ross Ragland Theater. "U.S.Bank is proud to be the title sponsor of the 96th Annual Chamber Awards Gala. This sponsorship is part of U.S.Bank's Commitment to Community - where all things are possible" said Kim Stroup, Klamath Falls branch manager.
- Big Idea Innovation Award
- Environmental Leadership Award
- Commitment to Community Award
- Best Place to Work (2 Categories)
- Spirit of Entrepreneurism
- Lifetime Achievement
- Pathfinder Award
Interim Executive Director, Heather Tramp, says, “The Gala Awards are the Chamber’s opportunity to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that make a difference in our community.” Each year the Chamber presents awards at the annual gala including the Big Idea Innovation Award, awarded to an organization in any industry that employs new ideas or approaches to doing business; the Commitment to Community Award, awarded to any organization in any industry that demonstrates a successful approach to corporate social responsibility and can show a positive impact on the community; Lifetime Achievement, awarded to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional business achievement and outstanding commitment to Klamath’s business community over their lifetime; and the Pathfinder Award, awarded to presidents, principals or chief executive officers for devoting time and energy to strengthen and transform the organization that they lead.
September 21st, 2016 - AirLink Critical Care Transport partners with Klamath Falls Chamber of Commerce.
The board of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce voted October 25, 2016 to oppose a proposed expansion that would nearly double the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument citing the impact on the local economy.
“If this monument is expanded, logging and grazing will be prohibited,” said Klamath County Chamber Board President Todd Andres, “and these cutbacks will mean less shared revenue for our county.” Andres pointed out the loss of grazing lands, timber harvesting, and jobs will negatively impact nearby counties’ economies as well.
In addition to citing the negative impacts to the community, the Chamber board opposes the use of the Antiquities Act of 1906 to expand the monument. Supporters claim the Antiquities Act gives the President power to expand and designate national monuments but 2017 Chamber Board President Elect Wes French disagrees. “Our community hasn’t been given an opportunity to voice concerns or opposition to the proposal,” said French, “Using this Act would bypass public comments and participation. We believe this proposal should be withdrawn.”
The Klamath County Chamber will celebrate the accomplishments of its members and the community on January 14, 2017, at the 96th Annual Awards Gala. The socializing and networking pre-ceremony will take place in the Ross Ragland lobby with catered food and beverages, and awards will be presented in the auditorium.
Last season, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce welcomed close to 300 guests to their 95th Annual Awards Gala sponsored by Washington Federal. The gala is the time when the Chamber recognizes dedicated efforts on behalf of the Chamber members and entire community. Before the gala, Chamber members are asked to nominate businesses and/or individuals who show support and dedication to our community. From the nominations, a committee selects the winner of each award.
Attention Employers: Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017
On Aug. 25, 2016 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016.
The new Form I-9 will include a number of changes designed to make the form more "user-friendly" and eliminate mistakes in the Employment Eligibility Verification process.
These changes include the introduction of a 'smart' version of Form I-9 that can be accessed and completed on the USCIS website. The new Form, I-9 will resemble a more user-friendly PDF form with advanced drop-down options designed for easier form completion.
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the inclusion of the workshop entitled “Cohesiveness in a Multi-generational Workforce”, led by speaker Judy Cordeniz, CEO of Lifeways, Inc. This workshop will focus on the changing demographics in today’s workforce and how to build a cohesive team environment with differing generational viewpoints.
Judy Cordeniz has 30 years of experience facilitating day-to-day operational issues and development of long term strategic planning within healthcare systems. Her workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 14th 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rural Business & Innovation Summit location (Klamath Community College).
Tickets are on sale now ($99 for members of any Chamber, $149 for non-Chamber members). To learn more and to register for the Rural Business & Innovation Summit 2016, please visit our website.