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Chamber Ambassadors Committee

Chamber Ambassadors welcome new members, amplify the news and messages of the Chamber, facilitate Business After Hours, ribbon cuttings and other networking events, and support Chamber staff in promoting a healthy local economy.  Ambassadors are principals or appointed employees of members in good standing with the Chamber.

Being an Ambassador or appointing a key staff member to the role is an excellent way to make local connections, learn about local industry and trends, hone leadership skills and generally increase your firm’s visibility and influence in the local business community.

Contact Jerry, AWACC Membership Coordinator, by email or call the Chamber at (503) 325-6311 to learn more.

Lower Columbia Tourism Committee

The purpose of the LCTC is to: Promote, develop and coordinate tourism-related economic activity in the Astoria and Warrenton region, with emphasis on spreading visitation outside of the heavily-trafficked summer season. This mission will be accomplished utilizing a variety of marketing, management and promotion strategies and in collaboration with other organizations and stakeholders. The committee will also seek to foster resident and visitor awareness of tourism’s effect on our environment, as well as the enhancement of our local economy and quality of life, in line with statewide and regional efforts.

Contact Regina, AWACC Marketing Director, by email or call the Chamber at (503) 325-6311 to learn more.

Astoria Warrenton Academy of Leadership

We believe that leadership is more than just a quality, it is a lifelong learning pursuit.  No matter where you are in that pursuit there is always more to learn.  The results of that learning are often immediate, positive, and broadly applicable.   A community is only as strong as its leadership, so we aim to increase the number of leaders and the skill set of those in leadership roles.

AWAL is a cohort-based program, meaning that the participants learn as much from each other as they do the presenters and speakers.  We seek candidates from every level of business and community who not only want to increase their own knowledge and capacity but are willing to share what they know with the rest of the cohort and with their community.  Done well, this model generates learning and growth far beyond the cohort and far beyond the time frame of the Academy.

The Astoria Warrenton Academy of Leadership is a 6-month course with once-monthly, half-day sessions beginning in January.  Cost is $749.

Contact David, AWACC Executive Director, by email or call the Chamber at (503) 325-6311 to learn more.

Outstanding Service Awards

Two Outstanding Service Awards are announced each year at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Banquet in tandem with their respective cities. Community members are recognized for their volunteerism and dedication.

Richard D. Ford Distinguished Service Award - City of Warrenton

George Award - City of Astoria

Click here to read about the nomination process and see a list of previous recipients. Contact Bayly, AWACC Event Coordinator, by email or call the Chamber at (503) 325-6311 to learn more.