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:

  •  Implemented 2019-20 Public Affairs & Legislative Agenda, specifically during 2019 Oregon Legislative Session to oppose anti-business legislation and support pro-business legislation including:
    • SB 379 – Marijuana use in the workplace allowances – Opposed
    • SB 595 – Changing transient lodging tax law – Opposed
    • SB 728 – Allowing expanded relief in insurance litigation cases – Opposed
    • HB 2020 – Cap & Trade – Opposed
    • HB 2269A – Mandatory employer paid healthcare – Opposed
    • HB 2005 – Paid family medical leave – Opposed
    • HB 2852 – Community choice aggregation – Opposed
    • HB 3031 – Family medical leave – Opposed
    • HB 3427 – Corporate Activity Tax – Opposed
  • Launched new Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce website with expanded information including business resources, visitor information, relocation information, business relocation information, detailed government affairs and advocacy activities, chamber news and social media platforms
  • Hosted conference calls with the five members of our state legislative delegation twice a month during the 2019 Oregon Legislative Assembly to ensure business voice is heard
  • RACC continues to oppose diverting local lodging tax dollars away from state-mandated promotion to underwrite operation of “selected” for-profit business
  • Hosted State of the County, Legislative Preview, State of the Timber/Wood Products Industry and new Oregon employer mandates presentations
  • Represented the interests of business with government monitoring federal, state and local political activity, taking positions when appropriate, such as continued positions on:
    • Opposition to Crater Lake Wilderness Area Proposal
    • Advocating for increased management of public lands to include increased harvest; also, for effective forest management after fire or other catastrophic event
    • Congressional Letter – Supporting extended twin trailer length nationally
    • Opposition to potential South Umpqua River Scenic Waterway Designation
  • Fulfilled relocation information (275+) via mail requests; phone inquiries, website downloads and on-site visits
  • Co-hosted Sustainable Forestry Tour and Communities for Healthy Forests Return to the Burn tour
  • Provided membership political awareness, especially during the Oregon legislative session, via newsletter articles, “Call to Action” emails, membership meetings and legislative calls
  • Expanded member promotion via our member-only information floor and social media posts and addition of YouTube channel
  • Daily social media posts, member email blasts and website updates
  • Continued to upgrade and expand chamber communications, specifically its electronic newsletter, “Chamber News” emails and “Calls to Action”; produced 12 editions of Business Perspectives in addition to expanding current news on website
  • Continued active involvement on local collaborative boards and committees for the benefit of business and economic development
  • Chamber continued its monitoring of city council meetings, county commission meetings and activities
  • Hosted 65th annual awards dinner
  • Presented RACC’s awards for business recognition program at its annual membership meeting and awards dinner
  • Actively supported Jordan Cove LNG proposal
  • Printed version of InUmpqua (a business directory, community profile & visitor magazine) local, regional, statewide distribution and online on the chamber’s new website
  • Chamber’s destination marketing and branding campaign for Roseburg and the Land of Umpqua continued to grow tourism in Douglas County
  • Held two Chamber 101 events specifically welcoming new members
  • 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 30th year of Project Leadership Roseburg, with class project that renovated and improved the playground at Green Elementary School
  • Commenced the 31st year of Project Leadership Roseburg program
  • Hosted educational programs and networking events: monthly membership meetings, business after hours and Economic Forecast 2020
  • Produced Economic Forecast 2020 with leading experts in timber and real estate, economics, workforce trends and legislative issues
  • Produced TV ads for out-of-area marketing; updated I-5 billboard promoting visitor attractions; produced bi-annual calendar of events brochure; continued social media efforts through Facebook
  • 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 of nearly (3,000) visitors at the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce and 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, InUmpqua magazines and other informational requests to over 5,000, with additional 8000+ distributed on-site
    • Distribution of promotional materials, (4,000+) to appropriate venues throughout the state of Oregon
    • Continued visitor destination promotions in larger, affluent markets and successfully transitioned visitor services contract obligations after 25+ years of successful promotion of Roseburg and the Land of Umpqua
    • Produced new advertisements for TV broadcast in the greater Portland and Vancouver markets
    • Represented Roseburg and the Land of Umpqua at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show
  • Website visits from advertising increased the number of informational brochures about Roseburg and the Land of Umpqua
  • Produced Roseburg/Douglas County map for local, regional and statewide distribution
  • 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, referrals, business and Community promotion

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