The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the best photos of the fun, frolic, and iconic buildings and scenery, from Oregon’s Coastal Playground. “We call this place Oregon’s Coastal Playground for a reason,” says Bettina Hannigan, the Chamber’s executive director, “so we’re looking for outstanding amateur or professional photos that convey our coastal playground theme.” Hannigan says the winner will collect a $250 cash prize, 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. “Tourism is our leading industry, the backbone of our economy and quality of life. It accounts for 1300 jobs and 127 million dollars flowing through our community,” says Hannigan. “The best photos will express how great a destination Florence is for vacationing. “So download your best photos from you smartphone or camera […]


Ahhh, autumn on the Central Oregon Coast. Sunny weather, cooler temps, and a comforting bowl of clam chowder. Add a glass of your favorite varietal, sit back, and take in the scenic change of seasons in the air. If that sounds good to you, the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has you covered with this year’s Wine & Chowder Trail experience. Enjoy a weekend of hearty chowders and tasty nibbles from local shops and restaurants, and samples of Oregon wines, October 7 and 8 in Historic Old Town Florence. In addition, the Chamber is bringing back the Great Glass Float Giveaway and live music at Gazebo Park in the heart of Old Town. Saturday, October 7, features the annual wine walk from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pick up your wine passport and commemorative glass for $5 and tasting tickets for $1 each at Waterfront Wine Store, 1300 Bay Street. Sample wines […]


The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center, 290 Highway 101, features a different local art exhibit each month. Their September display of local artistry features a variety of pieces from members of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA). The artists exhibiting at the Chamber in September represent more than 100 members and sponsors, all who share in FRAA’s mission of supporting all the arts, and making Florence an arts destination. FRAA is a non-profit art center and gallery at 120 Maple Street in Florence. “FRAA’s display features some amazing local work and we’re honored to have it this month,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “The Chamber’s visitor center should be on everyone’s list of shops and galleries if they’re interested in viewing great local art, and we change it monthly.” The September-only exhibit includes Florence and coastal-themed pieces such as watercolor paintings by Kim D. Miller and Marsha […]


The Portland Trail Blazers and Moda Health have announced that the Fifth Annual Rip City Relay will include a stop in Florence. On September 12, Florence will be the second stop on the weeklong journey around the state for a team of Trail Blazers and Moda ambassadors to engage with Trail Blazers fans, help build healthier communities, and showcase the Trail Blazers as “Oregon’s Team.” An entire day of events is scheduled in Florence. As part of the Trail Blazers’ and Moda’s partnership to showcase healthy and active living, events will focus on providing activities for kids, including school assemblies and basketball clinics. The visit will conclude with a ceremonial flag raising with city officials, followed by the Rip City Fair, a free community gathering featuring activities for all ages from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Port of Siuslaw property in Old Town Florence. “The Rip City Relay will […]


In what may be a record-setting fire season in Oregon, residents in many parts of the state are getting smoked out. Desperate for fresh air, they’re willing to drive and stay a few days to escape the dangerous air quality and gritty particulate that gets into their eyes and lungs. Bettina Hannigan, executive director at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, and longtime volunteers in the Chamber’s Visitors’ Center, have noticed more people filtering into Florence, and out of the valleys. They’ve also see an increase in inquiries about Florence’s air quality. “We call them ‘smoke refugees,’” says Hannigan. “They’re drifting into the Florence area’s hotels and campgrounds to escape hazardous air all over the state.” “And there’s no fresher air than what comes in off the Pacific Ocean,” she notes. “We’re getting calls and visits from people rerouting their vacations. They’re contacting us from all up and down the […]

Job Opening – Assistant Executive Director/Event Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION POSITION: Assistant Executive Director & Event Coordinator STATUS: Full time, Salary $35,000/year PROBATION: 90 Days REPORTS TO: Executive Director START DATE: ASAP 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, […]