FLORENCE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2021 PHOTO CONTEST, CASH PRIZE

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the best amateur or professional photos of the fun, frolic, famous attractions, iconic buildings, and beautiful scenery of Oregon’s Coastal Playground. The winner will collect a $250 cash prize and have their submitted photo featured in the Chamber’s resource guide and other printed marketing pieces, on their website, and in social media. A panel of Chamber members will decide the winner. The winner will be announced the week of November 1, 2021. Deadline for entry is October 15, 2021. For more contest information, entry forms, and image release waivers visit FlorenceChamber.com/2021PhotoContest, call 541-997-3128, or e-mail Contest@FlorenceChamber.com. “We call this place Oregon’s Coastal Playground for a reason,” says Bettina Hannigan, the Chamber’s President and CEO, “so we’re looking for outstanding amateur or professional photos that convey our coastal playground theme. So download your best photos from you smartphone or camera and send […]

FLORENCE REGIONAL ARTS ALLIANCE IS AUGUST’S FEATURED EXHIBITOR AT CHAMBER’S VISITOR CENTER

Artwork from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) is featured in the Florence Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center lobby, 290 Highway 101, through the end of September.   “We love the diversity of art provided this month by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance,” says the Chamber’s executive director Bettina Hannigan. “FRAA has become such an essential and dynamic part of the community and their efforts to advance tourism through the promotion of the arts is a tremendous compliment to the Chamber’s work in the region.”   FRAA chose the theme of “Community—Coming Together” for their exhibit, with artwork reflective of Florence’s diverse coastal life. Artists with work on display include, Kristin Anderson, fused glass; Stella Ault, watercolor; Pat Briggs, watercolor; Debi Ford, ceramics; Jack Hibbs, woodworking; Alan B. Huck, painting; Christine Hodges Huck, watercolor; Claudia Ignatieff, oil painting; John Leasure, oil painting; Tom Lederle, ceramics; Carol Lorraine, acrylic painting; Donna […]

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES SIUSLAW AWARD WINNERS

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce held its prestigious Siuslaw Awards: Phoenix Rising event Thursday night at Three Rivers Casino Resort and presented awards to nine businesses, two individuals, and an entire industry.   The awards celebrate excellence during 2020 in the local business community.   “This year’s slate was an amazing representation of our community’s best assets, our businesses, and individuals who made a difference,” said Chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. “We recognized and celebrated those who inspired us during the past 18 months.”   “All who attended heard the stories of those businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and individuals who not only survived but thrived through hard work, creativity, collaboration, and compassion. There were inspiring tales of businesses helping businesses, churches helping churches, and nonprofit organizations working together to see the Florence area through all we faced during the height of the pandemic,” she added.   The event was attended […]

UPDATE: JULY 4 FIREWORKS IN FLORENCE WILL BE A BLAST

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Siuslaw and the City of Florence have come together to save Florence’s annual 4th of July fireworks display. The fireworks will be shot over the Siuslaw River from the east end of the Siuslaw Port Campground in Historic Old Town beginning at about 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, to provide a multitude of great vantage points for spectators. “Over the past two weeks, we have been holding our collective breaths, biting our nails, and working with key stakeholders—the show’s producer Western Display Fireworks, the Port of Siuslaw, and the City of Florence—for a safe contingency plan in the event that circumstances changed,” said chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. With the governor’s ruling last Friday, the circumstances did change. “The Port, Western Display, and the Chamber, with support from the City, were excited to be able to reverse course on our May […]

Let’s talk about the Hwy Banner Program with KXCR!

The Chamber is launching a Banner program for Hwy 101 from the bridge to Fred Meyers, up Hwy 126, into Old Town and the Casino. Listen and find out more about this exciting opportunity to share our love of Florence with 4 million cars that drive through a year!   https://florencechamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/KXCR-Banner-CofC-BettinaHannigan-1.mp3

2021 RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL “SUSPENDED”

The board of directors of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has changed course on its plans for the 114th Rhododendron Festival and has suspended the event for the second year in a row. The event was scheduled for its traditional date, the third weekend of May, May 12 to 16, 2021. “People missed the point that we were moving forward with cautious optimism when we announced that our first step was the cancelation of Rhody Court since that’s the earliest aspect of the festival and demanded an early decision,” said Chamber president/CEO Bettina Hannigan. “As quickly and unpredictively as the State issues its edicts for where and what is safe for people to do, and then just as quickly rescinds them, it leaves us trying to hit a moving target while making plans for a huge event in as little time as possible.” “Vaccines, we’re now told, will roll […]

Vaccine Registration is Now Open for Lane County

From Lane County – Our countywide vaccine registration is now live, https://lanecounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=17261881, with registration available in Spanish as well. For those with limited internet access, you can provide a phone number for follow-up. All individuals interested in being vaccinated should register. Before you preregister, please note: Vaccine availability remains limited even among those that are currently eligible. This is a preregistration form that will help us reach out and schedule you to receive the vaccine when you are eligible and when supply becomes available. Once you have completed the preregistration and received confirmation that it has been received, your job is done and you do not need to call to verify your preregistration.   How will this work?  Fill out the preregistration form to the best of your ability. You will receive a confirmation email verifying that we have received your information. If you receive this confirmation, you do not need […]