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 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 9 Legislators and are an active member of Pacific County EDC as part of the think tank “Dream Team”.
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 emerging 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.
During the pandemic, we had a presence at every important Pacific County Health meeting as well as were members of the Pacific County Emergency Management’s Re-Entry Workshop meetings. As such, the Chamber was able to pass on timely and important information to members and the public regarding assistance, Covid relief programs and grant opportunities. We served a s a clearinghouse of information during the changing, sometimes 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 the 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 brochure and information exchange to encourage support between businesses and strategic partners throughout the state regarding tourism. This effort is in process of being enhanced by a stronger digital and social media presence. To that effort, our website was completely redesigned in 2019-2020 and a marketing specialist was hired in June 2021 to make sure our efforts were getting the best results possible.
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, Peninsula R & B Festival, Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tours and Art Shows, Oysterville Artisan Faire, Holiday Shoppe, Razor Clam Festival and many more county wide events.
We bring speakers on pertinent business and community matters to the monthly Chamber meeting and provide additional material via our monthly newsletter. We are in the process of expanding our email list via our new website and initiated an Instagram account (#oceanparkareachamber) to partner with our dynamic Facebook presence.
- NW Garlic Festival
- Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade
- Halloween Party with Fire District #1
- Community Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop with Port of Peninsula and Fire District #1
- Walking Tour Brochure
The Chamber office is now 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.
Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce
Located at 1715 Bay Avenue in Ocean Park
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 4 pm.
Here are a few outreach stats from 2018 – Total website visitors 12,597 – Total Facebook Posts 674 – Total Facebook Reach 33,320 – Total Facebook Page Engagement 36,294 – Total Visitors to Office 1637 – Total Emails 7543. Recognizing our target audience and locations forms the foundation of our advertising efforts. In 2021, we will make use of this information when choosing appropriate media (social, digital, radio, TV and print). We will up our game with targeted press releases and enticing photography. Building our current partner relationships and expanding that to include other Chambers across the state and Oregon will also increase our outreach. Included in the information promoted and shared via our website and especially our Facebook pages, is not only our Chamber Member activities and events, but events and news countywide. We firmly believe that once a visitor comes to Pacific County for any reason, they will return. Our new website will increase these numbers to the moon & back!
We hope you will join us in our efforts to promote our community and protect our businesses.