You know those times when you’re busy, busy, busy preparing a million projects but don’t have any physical items or events to show for it yet? That’s where the House is right now.

We have our noses on the ground and are at full speed planning several projects and events, although it seems like we’ve been relatively quiet lately. Here’s a quick look at some of the things we’re working on – and which you can expect to hear more about soon.

Tillamook Town Center Cleanup

Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 7, this annual “spring cleaning” event brings together volunteers to spruce up downtown Tillamook ahead of an eventful summer. We will soon post a registration link on our Facebook page and website.

Returning for the first time since 2019, the Cork & Brew Tour offers. We’re still in the early stages of planning the event, but I can tell you this: it’s officially scheduled for Friday, June 17. Keep your schedule clear for that day if you wish to attend.

We love this annual tradition that always takes place on the fourth Saturday in June (this year, June 25). We’re celebrating June Dairy Month and all the things that make Tillamook great with the parade theme, “Cheddar Days Are Back”. Think about your float ideas now and stay tuned for the rollout of our parade entry information and Grand Marshal nomination form.

Last week, Sayde, our Farmer’s Market Manager, told you about all she has planned for the Tillamook Farmer’s Market this year. We can’t wait to hear amazing live music and pick up local fruits and vegetables! Behind the scenes, our staff are working on a brand update for the market, where we’ll be tweaking some of our marketing materials. We’re not expecting any major changes, but we’re excited for a fresh, updated look for our beloved market. This is part of a larger branding effort that I’ll cover later in this column.

Our network of young professionals gathers for its second event on March 30, where members will learn more about each other and themselves through a fun yet insightful guided conversation. The Chamber team is also hard at work planning events in April, May and June. I look forward to seeing this group grow and develop.

Adventure Guide to the Venture Coast

The official tourist guide to the Tillamook Coast, the Venture Coastward Adventure Guide is a beautiful magazine produced by the Chamber in partnership with Visit Tillamook Coast. We sent out a notice last week regarding advertising in the guide, and will update the information for more accuracy in 2022. The new guide should be in print in June, so keep an eye out!

As I mentioned earlier, the Chamber is working on a branding update. This is not a complete overhaul of our brand. In fact, we really love the reputation we’ve built in the community as a reliable, professional, friendly and engaging organization that’s here to build a strong community where businesses can thrive, and we think our branding helps to reiterate it. The brand update will help us maintain that reputation by polishing our marketing materials. It’s kinda esoteric because it’s so much about “look” and “feel”, but it’s been a lot of fun talking about how we can use colors, fonts and design to reflect the values ​​and objectives of the Chamber.

We audit the websites we operate, including TillamookChamber.org and GoTillamook.com, to update photos and ensure that all information provided on the sites is accurate for visitors. This process includes uploading our latest Chamber Membership Guide to our Chamber website, as well as reviewing and updating business information that appears on the visitor-focused GoTillamook site.

If you follow us on social media, you know that we regularly post information about Chamber events and news, as well as posts from our members. Recently, we launched a social media section on the Explore Tillamook Oregon Facebook and Instagram pages. You might remember reading about it in Chatter. We strive to keep both the Bedroom page and the new Explore Tillamook Oregon page active and engaging.

The Chamber supports several projects in downtown Tillamook to modernize facades, renovate buildings and generally make our downtown neighborhood a great place to do business. We have provided assistance on Tillamook Urban Renewal Assistance Grants for some members. And we’re even updating our own back cover! Watch for more on this project (and a shiny new sign!) in the weeks to come.

It’s no secret that hiring is tough right now. In an effort to support our local businesses that are looking for employees – and to make it easier for potential employees to find jobs – we are developing a website for local job postings. Think of it like Indeed, but for Tillamook in particular. The website is still in the early planning stages and I will continue to share updates as it rolls out and officially goes live.

Shared workspace upgrades

The Chamber offers a shared workspace for community members or visitors who need a place to work remotely or meet with their small groups. And the shared workspace is about to get a major update. We plan to renovate the space into a private, enclosed meeting room with up-to-date digital tools to accommodate any type of meeting you may need. Once the project is complete, the room will be available not only during Chamber business hours, as it is now, but also before and after business hours, as well as on weekends. I’m particularly excited about this project because it fills a need in the community. Many people rely on our co-working space, and I look forward to being able to offer it for a greater range of hours to meet their needs.

So yes, the Chamber is busy right now, and there are lots of great activities, projects and improvements to come. I look forward to sharing each of these items in more depth as they come to an end. If all goes as planned, you’ll soon be reading them in Chamber Chatter.

Until then, please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any questions about these projects or any other work the Chamber is doing in our community. I’m always happy to share and receive new ideas on how we can improve.