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RACC Activities & Accomplishments

Every year in January at its annual awards banquet, 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 highlights from last year:

  • Endorsed and helped elect business friendly candidates to local and state offices
  • RACC used 2019 Public Affairs & Legislative Agenda, specifically during 2018 Oregon Legislative Session to oppose anti-business legislation and support pro-business legislation
  • Nearly completed content and layout of new Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce website to launch mid 2019
  • RACC participated in BLM litigation to challenge lack of active management on BLM-controlled lands in defense of jobs, economy, public safety
  • Hosted conference calls with all five members of our state legislative delegation twice a month for six months during the 2018 Oregon Legislative Assembly to ensure business voice is heard and members are up-to-date on legislative session activities
  • RACC opposed diverting lodging tax dollars away from state-mandated promotion to underwrite operation of “selected” for-profit business.
  • Hosted 64th annual awards dinner
  • Presented RACC’s awards for business recognition program at its annual membership meeting and awards dinner
  • Represented the interests of business with government by monitoring federal, state and local political activity, taking positions when appropriate, such as continued positions on: Opposition to Crater Lake Wilderness Area proposal, support for federal transportation infrastructure funding, advocation for increased management of public lands to include increased harvest, and also, for effective forest management after fire or other catastrophic event
  • Weekly updating of interactive VisitRoseburg.com website
  • Continued active involvement on local collaborative boards and committees for the benefit of business and economic development
  • Roseburg Area Chamber Political Action Committee (RACPAC) continued to grow
  • Chamber’s government affairs team continued its monitoring of city council meetings and activities
  • Continued active support for Jordan Cove LNG proposal
  • Printed version of InUmpqua (a business directory, community profile & visitor magazine) local, regional and statewide distribution
  • In addition to print publication distributed throughout the state, the chamber’s business directory, community profile and visitor magazine went online on the chamber website, providing greater exposure of member businesses
  • Chamber’s destination marketing, advertising and branding campaign for Roseburg and the Land of Umpqua continues to evolve, grow and change based on industry trends, market analysis and evaluation of ROI
  • Provided membership political awareness via newsletter articles, “Call to Action” emails, membership meetings, candidate forums and legislative calls
  • Held two Chamber 101 events specifically welcoming new members
  • Hosted State of the County, Candidate Forums, Legislative Preview, State of the Timber/Wood Products Industry and Marijuana in our workforce presentations
  • Countywide “shop local” messaging; advocated “shop local” for Black Friday and “shop small” on Small Business Saturday and throughout holiday season with “kick-off” event at membership luncheon the week of Thanksgiving
  • Completed 29th year of Project Leadership Roseburg, with class project that renovated and improved the Turn Around Program “TAP” classroom at Fremont Middle School. Commenced the 30th year of Project Leadership Roseburg program
  • Hosted successful programs and business promotional, educational and/or networking events: monthly membership meetings and Business After Hours
  • Continued to upgrade and expand chamber communications, specifically its electronic newsletter, Chamber News emails and Calls to Action; produced 12 editions of Business Perspectives and Visit Roseburg e-newsletters
  • Produced Economic Forecast 2019 with leading experts in timber and banking, economics, medical and tourism trends
  • Produced TV ads for out-of-area marketing launched with an inclusive sweepstakes giveaway trip for two to Roseburg; updated I-5 billboard promoting visitor attractions; produced bi-annual calendar of events brochure; continued social media efforts through Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest
  • In addition to print, digital, broadcast and billboard media campaign to promote area as a visitor destination, on-going visitor services and outreach included:
  • Assisting on-site visitors to visitor center
  • Assisting out of area groups, meeting and event planners; providing local area information and promotional materials for business and leisure
  • Mailing of Visitor Guide and other informational requests
  • Distribution of promotional materials to appropriate venues throughout the state of Oregon
  • Continued visitor destination promotions in larger, affluent markets — Portland-Metro, Bay Area, southern California and the focus on new growth market– Seattle/northern Washington
  • Continued great membership benefits programs: discount card with e-coupons program, member referrals, distribution of relocation information; expanded participation in grand openings and ribbon cuttings
  • Produced new Covered Bridges brochure
  • Produced new advertisements for print and digital marketing campaigns
  • Website visits from advertising increased the number of informational brochures about Roseburg and the Land of Umpqua downloaded to over 42,000
  • Represented Roseburg and the Land of Umpqua at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show
  • Provided customer service training for the hospitality industry
  • Produced Roseburg/Douglas County map for local, regional and statewide distribution
  • Expanded Greeters team and implemented new business visitation schedule
  • Sustainable Forestry Tour
  • Endorsed Measure 103 and Measure 104
  • RACC joined the “Partnership for Oregon Communities” Coalition to oppose cap and trade legislation in 2019 session

Donna Arnold

“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.”

Donna Arnold
Cardinal Services, Inc.

Paula Mackinnon

“We are glad to be members of the chamber. I always look to the membership first when I need anything. You do great promotions!”

Paula Mackinnon
Mac’s Tracks Model Railroading

Alex Palm

“The chamber plays a huge role in the overall health and welfare of the community.”

Alex Palm
i.e. Engineering