Chamber Chat for October 2, 2019 – An update on what your Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce team has been working on for the past month.

Our Yamhill County Economic Development grant for Workforce Development Marketing has been awarded $10,000. Our videographer, Brandon Porter, has joined the team of collaborators with the Newberg School District and our other CTE partners like SEDCOR. We’re drafting a content schedule and beginning to meet with local traded sector and skilled workforce employers to create the most relevant content for our young people.

JK Paint recently earned COBID Certification as an Emerging Small Business through Business Oregon after attending our July 2019 workshop.

Thank you to Linda Sandberg and Dan Prow for their hard work in organizing and launching Leadership Chehalem Valley for 2019-20. The 15 members of the 2021 cohort enjoyed a fantastic dinner,  completed Meyers-Briggs training, and on the second day, navigated the Camp Tilikum Challenge Course to kick off our new year for the program. In October, Shannon Buckmaster will be presenting Servant Leadership as the professional development topic to the LCV cohort before they head out for City and County Government Day.

After mailing out “Drop Letters,” we’re prepared to move forward with an on-time renewal campaign for 2020, resulting in a hard 90-day drop rate. Also, thanks to the studious efforts of Patty Musick, we continue to make progress on online payments and automated renewals.

Mark Moisan and the Government Affairs Committee are nearly ready to launch a new GAC email newsletter which will hone in on local advocacy opportunities. We’re also inviting members of our professional community who live in Newberg Council District 5 to consider the current council vacancy.

Newberg School District employees Dr. Joe Morelock (Superintendent), Dr. Luke Neff (Director of Strategic Partnerships), and Jordan Terierre Dobroglio (Post-Secondary Success Coordinator for NHS/Catalyst) joined Shannon Buckmaster on a tour of the Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) at Salem-Keizer Public Schools in order to learn more about school district-chamber partnerships, CTE options, physical expansion needs, partnering with business professionals and curriculum development for Newberg schools. This could lead to significant changes in how we approach CTE locally and how our upcoming bond (May 2020) is developed – Shannon is a member of the Bond Development Committee.

Our Newberg Economic Development Strategy has been updated to fully integrated the results from the Newberg Community Visioning Plan recently completed in August 2019. Each component involving CVCC responsibility is on a short-mid-long range plan with deliverables. Several elements are aligned with our culture of collaboration with our community partners.

Yamhill County has a new Venture Catalyst, Mike White, from the Oregon Entrepreneur Network. Mike’s involvement with our local businesses is heavily facilitated by SEDCOR and SBDC Chemeketa.

Our Chamber is co-hosting an information/business networking series with Headwater Investment Consulting and First Federal called, “Newberg Perk,” on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a 90-day trial run. Each session will have a different, business-related topic and will feature local businesspeople as educators on each subject. Our next event is Wednesday, October 16th, 7:30 to 8:30 am at the First Federal Newberg Community Room, featuring Newberg City Planner Doug Rux, Commercial Realtor Jason Russell, and Residential Realtor Francisco Stoller speaking on local real estate trends.

Finally, Joshua Duder joined the Newberg Area Historical Society and was voted onto the Board of Directors – he looks forward to learning more about the rich history of our community and sharing that knowledge in future presentations.