Chamber Press Releases

Jun 19, 2013 — by: Heather Tramp


The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors approved submitting written testimony supporting the negotiated water settlement agreements, known as the KBRA and KHSA, to the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee as part of the Committee hearing scheduled for June 20th, 2013. 

“The Chamber Board endorsed the agreement process in the beginning and feels this hearing is the natural outcome of that process” says Stan Gilbert, Chamber President, he added, “Washington D.C. is where the idea of a large negotiated agreement began and it is fitting Congress should have a public discussion on the merits of the agreements now that they are completed.”

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Jun 5, 2013 — by: Heather Tramp

The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce announced today a change of location for the annual 4th of July fireworks show. This year’s spectacular 220px-spider-firework-omiya-japanfireworks show will be launched from the north shore of Lake Euwana, near Veterans Memorial Park and downtown Klamath Falls. 
For several years, the fireworks show has been launched from the southeastern shore of Lake Euwana. “We’re excited about this change and think it will be a great experience for the entire community,” said Heather Tramp, the Chamber’s marketing and program coordinator. Heather points out that this central location will make for great viewing at any location, including in Veterans Memorial Park where the annual Independence Day Jamboree is held. “With the show on the far side of the lake, it’s been difficult to see the fireworks from the park due to the trees. This will allow for everyone in the park and in the community to be able to enjoy the show – it’s a win-win for everyone,” she said. 
The Independence Day Jamboree, Parade, and Fireworks are organized by the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and a dedicated group of volunteers. The parade is scheduled for 5 p.m. on July 4th and will travel down Main Street. The Jamboree in Veterans Park will start immediately following the parade and the fireworks show will begin at dusk. For more information on the events, contact the Chamber at (541) 884-5193 or visit the event on the web
About the Chamber:  The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce has served Klamath County since 1905. It is a member-based association made up of businesses and individuals who work together to advance the civic, economic, industrial, professional, and cultural life of Klamath County and the City of Klamath Falls, through advocacy and broad communication connections.  Membership is available to businesses, organizations (including non-profits) and individuals.

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Mar 19, 2013 — by: Heather Tramp


The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce and its Independence Day Jamboree/Parade Event Committee is excited to announce the theme of this year’s event – 4th on the Farm. “We wanted to honor and pay tribute to our area’s agriculture community and chose the theme accordingly,” said Brian Gailey, committee member. The Chamber is now accepting applications for parade entries. The application can be found online at or by calling (541) 884-5193.

This year’s event sponsored by Coldwell Banker – Holman Premier Realty will be an exciting, fun community event featuring a parade and celebration in Veteran’s Park.  The event will begin with the parade down Main Street at 5 p.m.

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Mar 8, 2013 — by: Heather Tramp

The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted, in its February General Board meeting, to publicly endorse the Klamath County School Districts $31 million bond levy on the May 2013 ballot.

Following a member survey and presentations from both sides of the issue the board voted to take a public stance supporting the funding effort as important for local economic development and business recruitment efforts.

“The Chamber membership responded with nearly 80% yes in favor of an endorsement when asked in a recent survey,” said Executive Director Charles Massie, “and the number one reason stated was community economic development.”

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Jan 23, 2013 — by: Heather Tramp

Close to 250 guests enjoyed a Hollywood-style awards show on January 19th at the 92nd Annual Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala sponsored by So?uth Valley Bank and Trust. The gala is the time when the Chamber recognizes dedicated efforts on behalf of the Chamber 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.

The 2012 Business of the Year award was presented to Fisher Nicholson Realtors. Fisher Nicholson Realtors have served the Klamath Basin since 1972 and were nominated for their excellent service, professionalism, and community support. Rachael Spoon of the Klamath Basin Home Builders Association presented the award and noted the winners’ “amazing representation around the community in one of the worst recessions for the real estate profession.” The nomination referred to Fisher Nicholson’s sponsorship of many non-profit events and programs which had positively impacted the community including the Klamath Falls Gems, Discover Klamath, Klamath County Association of Realtors, Klamath Lake Community Action Services, and Little League, among others.

The 2012 Distinguished Service award went to Bob Kingzett. Kingzett was recognized for his years of dedication and service to the community. As Executive Director of the JELD-WEN Foundation, Kingzett has overseen donations to numerous local charities. Most recently, he was instrumental in bringing the Sanford Pediatric Clinic to Klamath Falls. Through fundraising activities, Kingzett helped raise the money needed to secure Klamath Falls as home to this state-of-the-art facility. The Clinic is home to six local providers who provide service to children in our community. Kingzett is also a supporter of the OIT basketball teams, helping raise money for a new floor and attending many of the games.

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