The Chamber is a place for business owners to network and communicate with one another towards the purpose of improving the business community. We take our responsibility as non-political business/community advocates seriously, and as such, provide a link between our unincorporated area and Pacific County government. We market and promote Chamber sponsored events and community events that bring thousands of visitors to our local businesses. We also have established working relationships with our elected District 19 Legislators and other Pacific County Chambers along with key community organizations.
Did you know the north peninsula generates nearly two-thirds of the property tax collected in the unincorporated portion of Pacific County? The Chamber is the voice for being treated fairly and equitably by our county government. As such, we tackle important issues such as the septage problem, razor clam management, and public safety. We also keep watch over lodging tax funds, making sure distribution to the unincorporated part of the county remains in compliance with regulations. In January, 2022, OPACC will begin work to bring back a county-wide, unincorporated advisory board. The purpose of this board is to provide improved communication between those of us living and doing business in the unincorporated areas of Pacific County and the County Commissioners, Department Heads and Sheriff’s Department.
During the ongoing pandemic, we have had a presence at almost every important Pacific County Health meeting as well as were members of the Pacific County Emergency Management’s Re-Entry Workshop meetings. Because of this diligence, the Chamber was able to pass on timely and important information to members and the public regarding assistance, pandemic relief programs, grant opportunities, case status and timely information on vaccinations and testing. We continue to serve as a clearinghouse of information during the changing, often confusing and stressful months of the pandemic.
The Chamber is a non-profit organization founded to protect and promote the free enterprise system within the trade area and for the benefit of its membership. The Chamber is an organization of citizens interested in promoting and marketing worthwhile civic and/or cultural events for the community. Opening paragraph ~ Article II Purpose, from our Bylaws
Chamber members formed the North Peninsula Improvement Association (NPIA) to deal with Ocean Park Area flooding issues. The NPIA went on to work with the county to form a PDA which bought the private water system and turned it into a public water utility district owned by the citizens of Ocean Park.
The first portion of the Beach to Bay trail project was made possible by a $71,000 grant procured by the Chamber.
The Chamber was instrumental in getting public bathrooms on the Bay Avenue Beach Approach.
Clamming regulations are important to the Chamber and the local community. The Chamber continues to represent local merchants in ongoing conversations with the Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding razor clam issues. These conversations have resulted in significant numbers of clamming days added over the last several years.
The Chamber provides extensive informational exchange between our businesses and strategic partners throughout the county, state and neighboring communities regarding tourism. This effort is enhanced by a stronger digital and social media presence. To that effort, our website was completely redesigned in 2020 and a marketing specialist was hired in August 2021 to make sure our efforts were getting the best results possible. So far, so very good. An example of the numbers we achieved via our Facebook page between August 26 and September 22. 2021 ~ Reach 14,756 (up 138%) and Engagement ~ 4,258 (up 25%). Our website and recently added Instagram are also seeing great response!
We offer marketing support for: The Rod Run to the End of the World, Water Music Society events such as Jazz & Oysters and Music in the Gardens, the Peninsula R & B Festival, Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tours and Art Shows, the Oysterville Artisan Faire, the Razor Clam Festival, the Tokeland Woodfest, the Pacific County Fair, Willapa Harbor Festival and many more county wide events.
We look forward to being able to hold in person meetings once again and to bringing speakers to focus on pertinent business, government and community matters to the monthly Chamber meeting. Additional material on these topics are shared via our newsletter, website and very active Facebook page. We have also added an Instagram account to our social media plan.
In 2021, we initiated the very popular Shop Local for the Holidays page on our website. It had tremendous success and will be a continued project, maybe even expanding to summer activities.
- NW Garlic Festival
- Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade
- Halloween Party with Fire District #1, Beach Barons & Port of Peninsula
- Community Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop with Beach Barons, Fire District #1 & Port of Peninsula #1
- Walking Tour Brochure
The Chamber office is staffed four hours a day, 5 days a week to respond to requests for Relocation Packets, Lodging Information, Shopping, Activities, and to provide business and tourism information. We are proud of our ability to remain open safely (as soon as was allowed) throughout the pandemic.
Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce
Located at 1715 Bay Avenue in Ocean Park
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 4 pm.
Reports from our Social Media Manager and Office Administrator are given at every meeting and recorded in our minutes.
We hope you will join us in our efforts to promote our community, help keep it healthy and protect our businesses.