Independence Day Celebration Opportunity Knocks!

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce produces the yearly Independence Day celebration and fireworks. This is one of the many ways the Chamber develops economic activity for our local merchants, restaurants, RV Parks, and lodging locations, in and around the Florence area. The Chamber annually invests over $13,000 to produce this event. Over the last five years event costs have risen significantly, but the Chamber budget has not. We are now looking at barge expenses, increased production costs including sanitation and basic inflation for the actual fireworks. In our effort to improve producing this quality family event and economic driver for our community, we are offering “Independence Day Event Sponsorships”. Who May Contribute? Businesses, Individuals, Service Organizations 4th of July “Special Event” Fundraiser Package Includes What do you receive for your $500 investment? 1) 10 radio spots (grouped with other contributors) 2) 1/4-page ad in The Siuslaw News (grouped with other […]

Chamber Assistant Executive Director Position Available

  JOB DESCRIPTION POSITION: Assistant Executive Director & Event Coordinator STATUS: Full time, Salary $35,000/year PROBATION: 90 Days REPORTS TO: Executive Director JOB POSTING: The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce seeks a high energy individual with exceptional leadership and organizational skills to provide creative communications and marketing expertise while also coordinating a wide range of programs, activities and events. If multi-tasking, demanding schedules, and challenging situations fit your personality and talents, then we’ve got an environment you’ll love. Applicant must be a self-starter and proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel). Ideally would also know Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite software (InDesign, Illustrator). QUALIFICATIONS: • Experience with PC operations including email, e-newsletters, spreadsheets, database, word processing and publishing (Microsoft Word, Outlook, & Excel Spreadsheets preferable). • Preferable – knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software (InDesign, Illustrator, etc.). • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience in marketing, sales, and event […]

Siuslaw Business Awards

Submit Nominations Now for Siuslaw Awards Click HERE for award category descriptions and online nomination form. The eighth annual Siuslaw Business Awards event is fast approaching. This prestigious awards banquet sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce recognizes excellence in the local business community. Awards in Excellence in Customer Service, Curb Appeal, Non-Profit Achievement, Community Caring, and the Stu Johnston Business of the Year Award will be presented. A new category for Innovation in Business has been added this year. The Siuslaw Awards also recognizes two outstanding individuals in the community by honoring them with the Future First Citizen Award and the First Citizen Award. The First Citizen Award recognizes that individual who has given selflessly to the community based on community involvement, leadership and overall community impact. The Future First Citizen Award recognizes a student, nominated by the school district,  for his or her academic success, civic involvement and contributions to […]


The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 110th Rhododendron Festival Logo Contest. Professional and amateur graphic designers of all ages and from across the state are invited to submit logo designs by e-mailing by Monday, October 17th at 5:00 p.m. for consideration.  DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS HERE. The winning design will be printed on official festival t-shirts, commemorative pins, banners, advertisements, and print guides. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $250, a framed festival poster, two complimentary festival t-shirts and two tickets to the carnival. They will also earn mention in community wide publicity, online posts at, and press releases related to the festival. “We’re looking for fun, original designs that capture the energy of the festival and celebrating our community.” Jenna Bartlett, Chamber board president, says of the contest. A full list of rules is attached above. Logos must incorporate the […]

Oktoberfest 2016

11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1,“get your German on”with the Scandia Dancers, Tyrollean Dancers, Alpine Echoes Band, Sam’s Polka Gems, food vendors, and the famous Oregon Coast Championship Wiener Dog Races at  3:00 p.m. Immediately following will be the traditional Happy Hour from 4 to 5 p.m., and exciting games (with prizes) until 5:30 p.m. Then the not-so-German (but they’d be popular there) T Club band takes over the Florence Events Center from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. OK, so a “Bob-Marley-meets-Pink-Floyd” music group isn’t your grandfather’s polka-dancing “oompah” music. So what? You’ll have a great time with Eugene’s own The T Club band. The T Club has been shaking dance floors from Ashland to Portland since the turn of the century with catchy reggae-rock infused psychedelia. Full Event Pass is just $7 at the door the day of the event.

Deuce of Spades – Florence Premier Showing

New this year to the mix of fun Rods ‘N Rhodies events is the Florence debut of the cult classic film Deuce of Spades.Hot Rod Magazine calls it “The best hot rod film since American Graffiti.” The Deuce of Spades itself will be on display during the show ’n’ shine events in Old Town Florence. The film will show Saturday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. at City Lights Cinemas, 1930 Highway 101. Adult admission is $9. On Friday, September 9, the public is invited to a free Rods ’N Rhodies social at City Lights at 7:30 p.m. to meet the producer/director and see the documentary Against All Odds, The Making of Deuce of Spades at 8:30. For more information about Rods ’N Rhodies, visit or call 541-997-3128. To get tickets for either screening, contact City Lights Cinemas at or call 541-305-0014. Listen to here to her interview with […]

Tiny Town Travels Visits Florence!

This fun and informative interview will wet your whistle and get you even more excited about hitting the road to Florence! You can see the link and listen to the interview HERE. Here’s what Tiny Town Travels say about their purpose.   Tiny in size, big in character. Tiny towns bring a unique flavor to a world that can often feel like it’s being manufactured in a warehouse and differentiated only by the welcome sign as you arrive. Our scope is simple. Bringing together local voices and fun facts, we hope to inspire you to burst out of the every day bubble and explore the wondrous offerings of tiny towns near and far. Toe-curling historical legends, stunning vistas, delectable seasonal produce, and colorful locals with arms wide open awaits. Join us as we visit destinations with a population of 10,000 people or less, Listen, enjoy, and share the tales of Tiny […]

Florence City Council; Elliott State Forest; Archie Knowles Campground; WindFest; and Newport Police look for a dog

Construction projects to be topics of conversation for City Council Capital projects will be a key component Monday evening for the Florence City Council.  Elected officials will hear a report on the costs involved in seeking LEED certification for the new Public Works headquarters that will begin construction later this year.  In a report to […]

Emeralds fall at home

Volcanoes claim rubber match Jesus Castillo gave up six hits, including a two-run homerun in the third inning and the Eugene Emeralds fell to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-4 last night.  The loss gave the three game series to the Vols… only the second series loss of the season for the Ems. Eugene is on the […]

Aging water system poses challenges; Dune Fest 2016; The fight for food safety; Elliott State Forest pricetag; Archie reservations; Oregon Coast Aquarium for the birds

Dunes City looks to aid water district residents About 60 residents in the South Coast Water District near Hilltop Way in Dunes City were without water over the weekend.  An underground leak in the privately owned utility was finally located Wednesday.  Service was restored by last night. Dunes City doesn’t have any direct jurisdiction over […]