The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce announced today the Klamath Freedom Celebration and its 501 c3 nonprofit Found ation, will coordinate and host the 2015 Independence Day Parade and Fireworks. The organization will plan, coordinate, and fundraise for the festivities. The Klamath Freedom Celebration will be working with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) on organization of the parade. The Chamber will maintain a supportive role in marketing and advising to help ensure the event’s continued success.
The change is part of a new strategic vision for the Chamber as it moves into more direct business service support of the membership. Charles Massie, the Chamber’s Executive Director, says, “Over the last three years, the Chamber has been reviewing its programs and events to determine value, and interest, to Chamber membership. As we move into more business services, it became necessary to assess the projects our staff is working on and the impact on available resources.” Massie notes that following this assessment and member surveying; “It became apparent that the Independence Day event no longer fit the Chamber’s planned strategic direction. The Klamath Freedom Celebration expressed interest and is an excellent fit for the family-friendly event.”
Doug Brown of the Klamath Freedom Celebration says, “We’re excited to take on the parade and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day in 2015.” Brown says the parade will move back to the morning starting at 10 a.m. on Main Street and the VFW will help with parade management. The fireworks will be hosted and held for the first time ever by the Klamath County Fairboard and located at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Brown went on to say this is very exciting as the facility makes for more parking, better traffic control, and is centrally located in the community. The Klamath Freedom Celebration will be looking for sponsors and volunteers to help pull the event together.
Following an electronic survey to the Chamber membership that indicated strong support, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce General Board has voted to publicly endorse the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center bond measure 18-101. The measure will provide local funding for the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center (KBREC).
KBREC provides important programs including 4-H, nutrition, Master Gardener, Jr. Master Gardener, and OSU Open Campus. The center provides support the local economy through onsite experts in the fields of livestock, forestry, agronomy, and potato research.
The bond would assess $0.15/$1000 assessed value. OSU’s policy –directed by federal congressional acts - is that the local county has to provide a certain base level of funding, which then allows additional federal, state, and other grant monies to be secured. In the case of KBREC, this amounts to about a $6.50 match for every dollar that the county provides in the current fiscal budget.
The Klamath IDEA project has announced plans to hire a coordinator and is now accepting resumes and cover letters. If interested in this position please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to Klamath IDEA, c/o Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, 205 Riverside Drive Suite A, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Prospective applicants will be invited to interview with the IDEA Hiring Committee beginning March 23rd, 2015. Learn more about the Klamath IDEA.
The following is information related to the position. Download the description and requirements.
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce welcome close to 300 guests to their 94th 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 were asked to nominate businesses and/or individuals who showed support and dedication to our community. From the nominations, a committee selects the winner of each award. This year, the Chamber rolled out new awards to recognize entrepreneurship, environmental practices, innovation, commitment to community, and more. The recipients of this year’s award were:
- Ambassador of the Year – Fran Johnson
- Best Place to Work (15 or less employees) – Seasons Change Energy Solutions Heating and Air Conditioning
- Best Place to Work (16 or more employees) – Amerititle
- Big IDEA Innovation - Grovolution
- Commitment to Community – Mia and Pia’s Pizzeria and Brewhouse
- Environmental Leadership – Gold Dust Farms
- Pathfinder Award – Stan Gilbert, Klamath Basin Behavioral Health
- Spirit of Entrepreneurism – Tashia Owen, Tashi Soap Company
- Lifetime Achivement – The Bell Family, M'Bellish and Bell Hardware
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who made a nomination for these awards and congratulates all of the winners. For more information on this event or the Chamber, call (541) 884-5193 or visit www.klamath.org.
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce in a letter today urged U.S. Representative Greg Walden to actively engage and support federal legislation that would authorize critical Klamath Basin water settlements. That bill – the Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act (SB 2379) - passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with bipartisan support last week.
SB 2379 would authorize three key Klamath settlement agreements that provide the only rational, comprehensive and lasting solution to the water problems that have plagued the Basin’s past and cast doubt on its future.
“The Klamath Basin Agreements are in serious danger of failing unless Congress enacts implementing legislation this year or makes immediate and meaningful progress toward approval,” said Chamber Executive Director Chip Massie. “If the Agreements should fail, we will be at a loss for solutions to the incredible challenges and conflicts of this Basin.”
As allowed by the Klamath County Air Quality Ordinance, the 2014 Fall Open Burn Window within the Klamath County Air Quality Zone will start on Friday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. and will end Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm.
Public Health requirements for clean air are:
- The Air Quality Advisory must be “GREEN”. Find out the daily advisory by calling 541-882-BURN (2876), or
- check online at www.klamathair.org and on Facebook at Klamath Basin Air Quality. The Advisory will be updated each day by 8:30 am.
- Only residential yard waste, such as tree limbs, brush, and leaves may be burned.
- All burning must occur between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and be fully extinguished by 5:00 pm.
- No plastic, rubber, tar, petroleum products, treated or painted wood may be burned.
- The use of a Burn Barrel is prohibited.
- The burning of commercial, construction, demolition or industrial waste is not included in this burn window. Burning for these purposes requires a special permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; contact Bonnie Hough at the DEQ office in Bend at (541) 633-2016.
- Agricultural burning inside the Air Quality Zone is prohibited without a certificate of variance.
Fire District requirements for public safety are:
Following an electronic survey to the Chamber membership that indicated strong support, the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce General Board has voted to publically endorse the Klamath Falls City School District bond measure 18-99. The measure will provide local funding for improvements to buildings and infrastructure in the City school district. The bond will raise $36 million, the bulk of which will be used to remodel and upgrade Klamath Union High School.
Over 20% of the Chamber membership responded to the survey and about 2/3’s of the respondents supported the bond and the Chamber taking a public position of endorsement. Survey respondents touched on the need to improve school buildings as part of economically moving the community forward, providing upgraded educational opportunities for our children, and finding ways to stabilize local property values. Improved schools meet all of these needs.
Chamber Board President Bridgitte Griffin said, “Good schools are an integral part of any community that wishes to grow and prosper. One of our organizational goals is to help provide economic stability and growth for our members, excellent educational spaces and community vitality lead to those things.”
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has begun scheduling monthly workshops as part of their Business Builder series - an exciting program that helps strengthen your business through marketing. Each month, the Chamber offers a workshop focused on marketing. The workshops cover a wide variety of topics from traditional marketing to social media and more. The topics were chosen with a broad audience in mind. “We wanted the courses to be suitable for both small and large businesses, for staff as well as management,” says Heather Tramp, the Chamber’s program and marketing coordinator.
The classes are around the lunch hour. Because of the unique timing around the lunch hour, attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches. Coffee, tea, cookies and fruit will be provided.
The following is the schedule through November 2014:
The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Leadership Klamath 2014/2015. Leadership Klamath was developed by the Chamber in response to the ongoing need for leadership in all areas of public service. For participants, the program creates a comprehensive and objective awareness of the Klamath community in action. The program consists of ten one-day sessions over the course of a ten month period. Each meeting encompasses a specific topic or industry such as: tourism, emergency services, education, legal systems and economic development
The program fosters commitment to our region and develops leaders to meet the demands of the future. Since its inception, more than 250 people have graduated from this distinguished and popular program. Leadership Klamath identifies and motivates emerging leaders and develops their potential for community leadership by exposing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges facing of our area. For ten months, participants attend seminars, tours, lectures and briefings. The program challenges class participants to become more involved in the decision-making process of Klamath County in political, social and business arenas.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program can contact the Chamber at 541-884-5193. Deadline for registration is August 29, 2014. The first session will be in September and continues every third Thursday through June 2015. For more information on how you or your company can become involved, or to register for the program please call the Chamber office or visit www.klamath.org.