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The Waldport Chamber shares progress on their Visitor Center – Lots goin’ on!!

Soon-to-be home of Waldport Chamber of Commerce

In a recent community survey, the Waldport Chamber hosting a Visitor Center was deemed very important. With state mandates on publicly-owned facilities, it is likely that their long-time Visitor Center won’t be able to open for another 6-12 months. Given the prolonged uncontrollable delay, and importance placed on this function, the Waldport Chamber is excited to announce the upcoming opening of a new location at the corner of Hwy 101 and Hwy 34.

“We are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to rent the old Chocolate Frog space at 558 SW Hemlock, right next to Eager Beaver. It is great timing and the lease terms with the new owner are very favorable and fit well with the Chamber’s current needs and budget.” said Laura Furgurson, Executive Director of the Waldport Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Board VP and Destination Coordinator for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, Jesse Dolan, also strongly supported the move, “the highly visible corner location has the potential to draw travelers, eager to discover what Waldport has to offer.”

Though the Chamber is finalizing plans on how to best set-up and utilize the space, they want it to become a gathering spot for the community. They plan to welcome area residents looking to get together or utilize Wi-Fi, visitors in search of regional activities, and businesses needing a productive meeting environment.

With the focus on creating an appropriate space, they’re planning to have small pods of seating to ensure required distancing and to abide by protocols similar to restaurants and retail shops. The Chamber will also leave things very flexible to provide event space, both inside and outside the building.

With the first right of refusal to possibly rent the adjacent space, the organization is seeking funding to potentially create a business incubator/catalyst center, teen entrepreneur program and “pop-up” shop space for regional products, along with shared work and meeting space for remote workers, local businesses and Chamber partners.

Abe Silvonen, with Eager Beaver Furniture and Bainbridge Investments LLC, stated, “We are excited to welcome the Waldport Chamber of Commerce as our new neighbor and tenant. As the gateway to Waldport, I can’t think of a better location for their Visitor Center. We are super excited to see more business activities at this major intersection. We will be doing a small cosmetic remodel to the building to suit their needs.”  Tenant improvements will begin the week of October 19th with a hopeful opening date in November.

Waldport City Manager Dann Cutter said, “The city is excited to see the Chamber take this prominent step towards expedited access and a more dynamic effort in supporting Waldport businesses and growth. In turn, the city will be working diligently to remodel the newly acquired Alsea Bay Interpretive Center to be a complementary asset to the Chamber in coming years. We look forward to a strong and thriving partnership with the Chamber and ensuring the city provides a strong foundation for the Chamber’s efforts.”

As in the past, the Chamber’s Visitor Center will be run exclusively by volunteer hosts. If you’re interested to learn more, please go to: https://findyourselfinwaldport.com/volunteer/, or email director@waldportchamber.org.

The Waldport Chamber is also launching new Member benefits based on results from their recent survey. To access membership information for individuals, non-profits and businesses go to https://findyourselfinwaldport.com/chamber-information/NEW Membership benefits grid/options are attached.

To hear about the Chamber’s progress over the past year and future plans, the community is invited to a State of the Chamber event in November. Location and time will be finalized soon, and a virtual option will be provided as well. For event details, check back at FindYourselfInWaldport.com under the Events tab.

Laura Furgurson, director@waldportchamber.org or 541-815-0400

Following big wildfires the EPA and FEMA deal with hazardous waste….

Earlier this summer
Echo Mountain wildfire

As the next step in Oregon’s wildfire rebuilding and recovery,  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been asked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) and the State of Oregon to collect household hazardous materials from burned properties to protect residents and to ensure these materials are disposed of properly and safely.

To accomplish this task and aid Oregon’s recovery, EPA is now assembling teams and setting up a temporary equipment staging area to help residents in Marion County and surrounding counties recover from the fire and begin rebuilding their lives. This Response Staging Area will be similar to the one recently established in Central Point, Oregon, as part of EPA’s operations in Jackson County.

The Response Staging Area will occupy 5.4 acres of a parking area within the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center, located at 2330 17th Street NE, in SalemAdditional, satellite “Transfer Station” areas are being planned for other areas as cleanup operations expand and accelerate. (more…)

Clearing the air about this year’s “Flu Shot”

The truth about the flu shot and COVID-19 testing

As people are tested for COVID-19 during flu season, we want to be clear: The flu vaccine will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19. COVID-19 tests only look for evidence of one virus – the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Because the flu is largely preventable, don’t wait to vaccinate. We encourage all Oregonians to get a flu shot as soon as possible. This will prevent flu illness and deaths and keep people out of the hospital at a time when we need to reserve space for COVID-19 patients and others who may require hospital care. 

Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. The vaccine is free or low cost with most health insurance plans. To find a flu vaccine clinic, visit www.flu.oregon.gov and use OHA’s flu vaccine locator tool.

Flu vaccine facts the flu vaccine will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19

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