RACC Activities & Accomplishments
Every year in March at its annual celebration of business, meeting of the membership and awards events, chamber leadership shares with its members, the business community and our Douglas County community as a whole, a recap of the chamber’s activities, undertakings and accomplishments for the past year. Following are some of the Roseburg Area Chamber’s highlights from 2022:
- Brought all Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce programs, events and activities back to exclusively in-person.
- Defended and advocated for our local business community under the chamber’s 2021-22 Public Affairs & Legislative Agenda, specifically during the 2022 Oregon Legislative Session, opposing anti-business legislation and supporting pro-business legislation.
- Endorsed business-friendly candidates and incumbents vying for local and state elected offices. All RACC-endorsed candidates were elected or re-elected.
- Opposed Oregon Department of Forestry’s draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and associated draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
- The chamber’s membership lunch programs hosted the annual state of the county update, a federal legislative/election update, education in Douglas County, timber and wood products industry update and other programs.
- Represented the interests of business with government monitoring federal, state and local political activity, taking positions when appropriate.
- Provided membership political awareness, especially during the 2022 Oregon legislative sessions via newsletter articles, “Call to Action” emails, and membership meeting programs.
- Increased social media posts, member email blasts and website updates to expand communication of chamber programs, activities and positions to businesses and the general public.
- Comprehensive update of all website sections and subsections; expanded online membership business directory to include business logos for additional business promotion and recognition and launched an online “Job Board” for RACC members to assist with recruitment of much-needed workforce.
- Due to previous long-term conscientious management of chamber funds, including ensuring emergency operative reserves, the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce remains financially stable and secure.
- Continued to upgrade and expand chamber communications, specifically its electronic newsletter, “Chamber News” emails and “Calls to Action;” produced six editions of Business Perspectives in addition to expanding current news on website.
- Moved the chamber’s annual awards dinner to March and hosted the 67th meeting of the membership and awards dinner presenting RACC’s small, medium and large business of the year awards and First Citizen honors for 2020 and 2021.
- Publish updated, online editions of the InUmpqua (business directory, community profile & visitor magazine); continued to provide printed edition to chambers and visitor centers around the state.
- Shop local” messaging; advocated “shop local” for Black Friday and “shop small” on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season, during November and December.
- Completed the 32nd year of Project Leadership Roseburg, and began our 2022-23 (33rd) leadership class program year in September 2022.
- Hosted Economic Forecast 2023 in late fall of 2022.
- Provided visitor information on-site at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center.
- Provided relocation information and visitor information in response to mail, phone and email requests.
- Distributed Roseburg/Douglas County map locally, regionally and statewide.
- Member-benefit programs: Shop Chamber & Save discount program, member referrals.
“Chamber membership is the front-line of support for any business community and a vital lifeline for the economic health of Douglas County. We consider it a privilege and a duty to support the Roseburg Area Chamber and its activities.”
“We are glad to be members of the chamber. I always look to the membership first when I need anything. You do great promotions!”
“The chamber plays a huge role in the overall health and welfare of the community.”