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April 2018 Newsletter

Letter from the President


Thank you for supporting this year's Economic Outlook Event & Social at Wildhorse on March 9th! I hope you enjoyed it, and I believe a thank you to the Economic Development Committee for dreaming up this great event is in order. Special credit is due to Joseph Hull as he brought in the keynote speaker Drew Bledsoe, and saw the project through. Drew's NFL career really helped draw in the crowd, but the way he spoke about his business, his employees and leadership kept my attention and the crowd. Our panel of local speakers did an excellent job as well, and the positive movement in Pendleton was not overstated. How lucky of a community are we to have a growing UAV test range, a successful Urban Renewal, the highest downtown occupancy in years, and even a positive outlook on one of our biggest challenges - housing.

Putting on this event took thought, involved going out on a limb, getting big engagement from sponsoring chamber members, and taking a risk with a new format. I think it was well worth it, it broke the mold of the annual Economic Outlook Luncheon, and turned out to be a great event. I've been involved with the Chamber for some eight years and I believe this is the best Economic Outlook we've put on in all that time. I believe that in the last few years we've learned as an organization that less is more, specifically that by doing fewer events we can have time for fresh ideas, better programs and better outcomes at those events in general.

Again thank you to the committee for putting in the work, to all our sponsors of the event especially our presenting sponsor McCormack Construction, without their financial support this would not have been possible. As always, we need more committee members to help brainstorm and put on these great events, ask at the chamber office where the help is needed this month - we would be glad to have you.

Thank you,
Jordan McDonald
President, 2018

April Ribbon Cuttings

Elite Guns & Tactical
1400 SW Court Ave
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 12:15 p.m.
New Location!

OMG! Burgers & Brews
241 S Main St
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
New Member & New Business!

Megan's Musings

Megan Lauer
Interim Executive Director

We are in that transition from our “business” time of the year to our “tourism” part of the year. Of course, we do both all year long, but the scales tip back and forth. In April we have our “tourism” event with the Hospitality Training Passport Party, which is explained later in the newsletter. Kristen Dollarhide and I will attend the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Bend at the end of the month. This conference is a great opportunity for us to network with others in the tourism industry and get fresh ideas during the workshops.
Our “business” special event in April is the Spring Job Fair. Blue Mountain Community College and WorkSource Oregon have been great partners with this event. Check out the Facebook Event to see the most recent list of employers attending or sign your business up for a $35 booth by calling our office at (541) 276-7411.
We are excited to see our Visitors Guide and Membership Directory come out the end of May. We will be finalizing the annual calendar and membership directory portions by mid-April, so please get member updates and event information for the next 12 months to Adrienne ( as soon as possible.
We'd like to thank our sponsors of the Economic Outlook Event on March 9th; their generous support makes it possible to bring exceptional programming to our Membership and the Pendleton Community.  

Presenting Sponsor 
McCormack Construction Co
Platinum Sponsors
CHI St. Anthony Hospital
ISU - The Stratton Agency/Nationwide Insurance
Silver Sponsors
Blue Mountain Community College
Kind Leaf Pendleton LLC
Pendleton Sanitary Service
Pioneer Title & Escrow
Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub
Umatilla County
Bronze Sponsors 
Graybeal Distributing
Our Speakers Panel of local "Economic Rockstars" provided illumination on current and future economic development in and around Pendleton.  Thank you to Mayor John Turner, Economic Development Director Steve Chrisman, UAS Range Manager Darryl Abling, and Pendleton Development Commission Associate Director Charles Denight.  We also want to thank our Master of Ceremonies George Murdock (Umatilla County Commissioner) for providing us with some great humor and stories about our Keynote Speaker, Drew Bledsoe.
The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce wishes to extend our gratitude to everyone who made the 2018 OSAA US Bank/Les Schwab Tires 2A State Basketball Championship a success!

2A Steering Committee, Hospitality Room Volunteers & Donors, Window Decorators, Team Hosts/Hostesses, Parking, Tickets, Doors, Security, and Key Volunteers!  Special thanks to the Pendleton Convention Center for being such great hosts, and the Pendleton Police Department for their presence at the event.

Committee Chair Notes

Joseph Hull
Tourism & Marketing Committee

The Tourism and Marketing Committee is growing in members, and we are excited about the opportunities to show off our Pendleton! As Spring arrives here in Eastern Oregon, we are reminded of the how lucky we are to be here in this beautiful place and help our community grow. The Committee has dedicated the last several months to developing excitement and familiarity of our local attractions to share with travelers and tourists with a “passport” program. The passport allows Frontline service folks access to dozens of our Chamber Member local attractions so they can experience them as many had previously not. When a traveler asks our local Frontline service folks “What is there to do in Pendleton?” we feel the answer should be “Wow, I hope you are staying for a week because there is a lot of great things to do!” This effort will culminate in a THANK YOU party at the Pendleton Convention Center (Thanks, Pat Beard) on April 16th. We will have prizes for the most dedicated passport participants from Pendleton Underground Tours, Pendleton Hat Company, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, and more. Many local Chamber restaurants will provide food for the party and we will kick off a great tourism season with the event. Thank you to Prodigal Son who will provide refreshments at the party as well. 
Please spread the word and let’s get as many tourism supporters to the Convention Center on April 16th as we can and make this our best tourism season ever!

Joseph Hull, Chair
Pendleton Chamber Tourism & Marketing Committee
(541) 276-1353

Welcome New Members

Sarah Wadlington, Manager
1740 SW Court, Pendleton
(541) 276-2460
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We're Hiring!

The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Membership Coordinator.  Position description and directions on how to apply can be found on our website.

Upcoming Chamber Events

April Morning Buzz

April Kick it Up After 5

Hospitality Training Passport Party

Get a "Taste of Pendleton" at this Passport Party for the Pendleton Hospitality Training program presented by the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Pendleton Convention Center. If you have a completed passport, you are eligible for some great door prizes. You can pick up your Pendleton Passport at the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce office or at the door!  Click over to the Facebook Event page to see the list of participating restaurants!

The Pendleton Passport program is up and running! The Chamber's Tourism & Marketing Committee has created a "Pendleton Passport", which creates a simple method for familiarizing your frontline staff with many of the great features Pendleton has to offer. There are currently 50 stops/points of interest in the small booklet. There are even some free or reduced admission opportunities for those with the Passport to our Museums and the Pendleton Underground Tours: 
  • Pendleton Underground Tours: free admission to Passport holders
  • Heritage Station Museum: free admission
  • Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame Museum: free admission
  • Tamastslikt Cultural Institute: $6 tours to Passport holders, and $1 off admission for their guests. 10% off Gift Store merchandise
  • Pendleton Center for the Arts:  free cowgirl charm

Candidate Forum

Candidate Forum
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Pendleton High School Auditorium
This event is FREE and the public is encouraged to attend.
The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce does not endorse political candidates.

Spring Job Fair

Spring Regional Job Fair

Tuesday, April 24th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Pendleton Convention Center

This event is FREE for Job Seekers.  Employer Tables available for $35 each. 
Call Adrienne at the Chamber to book your space (541) 276-7411 or email

What's Black & White and Pendleton All Over?

The First Citizens Banquet committee is pleased to announce the theme for the 63rd Annual First Citizens Banquet & Business Excellence Awards:  "Black & White and Pendleton All Over"  We've started a Pinterest Board for Table Decorators looking for inspiration for the event - check it out!  If you'd like to sponsor a table (be a table decorator), please email Trini at

The Oregon Trail's 175th Anniversary

2018 marks the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail!  As most of you may know, Pendleton is situated directly on the old Oregon Trail, with Court and Dorion Avenues being the main route through town.  We'd like to invite and encourage local businesses, especially our restaurants and "watering holes" to create a special drink, dessert, or meal with an Oregon Trail theme this summer!  The Chamber is happy to help promote our Members' Sales & Specials, just email Adrienne, and we can include it on our website!

Members-Only Offer
Southgate Digital Billboard Advertising

Do you have an event you'd like to promote on the Southgate Billboard?  Do need a REALLY BIG AD?  Let us know!  Rates start at $200 per week, first come, first served.  Ads are subject to approval by the Chamber; only one member ad per week is available.  Only special events ads are eligible (no sales or specials.)  Please email Adrienne at for ad specs or more information.

Postings, Promotions, & Applause

Congratulations to Tamastslikt Cultural Institute for being named one of Oregon's Top 20 Museums!  Check out the article over on Oregon Live.

Bright Spot

Pendleton's Travelodge, owned and operated by Kal & Ron Patel recently received a beautiful new coat of BLUE paint!

March Kick it Up After 5

Thank you to The Simmons Financial Group for hosting our
March Business After Hours Event!

Leadership Pendleton 2018:  Meet the Class

Shawn Towne
Project Engineer, Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company
What do you enjoy about your work?
I enjoy the opportunities that my career brings, through its community involvement, and being able to help grow and develop the community in which we operate. Its incredibly fulfilling, being involved with the new construction and building of my home town community.
Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
To learn, develop, and become more involved in my community.
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
Spend time with my family, especially camping or other outdoor activities.

Bob Ridgway
Retired Attorney

What do you enjoy about your work?
I enjoyed helping people in my former work.

Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
It was a Christmas gift...

When you are not working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy skiing, scuba diving, and travel.

Nora Penny Ilg
Surgery Services Manager, CHI St. Anthony Hospital

What do you enjoy about your work?
Healthcare and helping people find solutions.
Why did you join Leadership Pendleton?
To learn about the community and its business workings.
When you are not working, what do you like to do?
I love to spend time with my granddaughter and family. I am an avid reader and enjoy the outdoors.

I Love Pendleton Swag

The Chamber still has plenty of T-Shirts, Ball Caps, Beanies, and window clings in stock!  Show the world your love for Pendleton!

Legislative Updates

The Pendleton Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing legislative advocacy to its members and the business community of the Pendleton area as a whole.  We facilitate Legislative Teleconferences with your State Legislators, as well as weekly updates from the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce.  You can read the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce's weekly legislative updates from the OSCC on our website.

Capital Improvements Committee

Wanted!  A few good volunteers to serve on our Capital Improvements Committee.  This committee will look at improvements- updates, upgrades, and changes- needed for the Chamber office.  Our hope is to compile a list of projects, estimate the costs, develop funding ideas, and a timeline for the improvements to be made.  This will be a limited duration committee, and we will try and find a meeting schedule that works for our committee volunteers.  A couple Chamber employees will also serve on the committee to give insight into our daily operational needs.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Megan.

February Office Report

  February 2018 YTD 2018 February 2017 YTD 2017
Facebook Views 44,836 111,422 81,199 163,903
Website Visitors* 1,542 5,500 3956 7525
Incoming 800 Calls 31 57 20 52
Convention Packets 100 220 335 335
Visitor Packets 3 8 22 31
Relocation Packets 24 27 9 16
Walk-In Count 247 492 141 269

*Combined statistics from Pendleton Chamber & Travel Pendleton websites.

Business News Links

Employment in Columbia Basin - State of Oregon Employment Department
Eastern Oregon - 2017 the Rearview - State of Oregon Employment Department
Below Average Population Growth for Morrow and Umatilla Counties in 2016 - State of Oregon Employment Department

2018 Governor's Marketplace | Northeast Oregon Edition

Content below provided by the State of Oregon
2018 Governor’s Marketplace | Northeast Oregon Edition (Baker, Umatilla, Wallowa Counties)

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Affirmative Action for Governor Kate Brown is delighted to announce this edition of the Governor’s Marketplace to support Oregon small businesses.

We have partnered with the Secretary of State, Department of Administrative Services and the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity, to bring opportunities for businesses to meet directly with procurement professionals from state, federal, private and non-profit organizations who will share tips, tools, resources and strategies to aid in business growth, more successfully navigate contracting processes and nurture ongoing relationships.

A warm thank you to Blue Mountain Community College, Small Business Development Center for hosting our day. Also, a thank you to our sponsors who bring this edition at no cost to you!

All businesses within the state of Oregon are welcome. These events are held in different parts of the state solely to make the resources available to all.

Date: April 11, 2018
Time: 7:30am to 1:00pm (Check in begins at 7:00am)
Location: Blue Mountain Community College, 2411 NW Carden Avenue, Pendleton OR 97801
Lunch will be provided to all registered attendees. 
Questions? Please contact Eloisa Miller, EBE Manager at
Click Here to RSVP to the 2018 Governor's Marketplace on Eventbrite
Visionary Member
Silver Member
Premier Members
Affordable Family Eyewear
Banner Bank
Bisnett Insurance, Inc.
Blue Mountain Community College
City of Pendleton
Columbia State Bank
Community Bank
Credits, Inc
D & B Supply Co.
Dr. Robert Alan Pratt DMD, PC
East Oregonian
Elkhorn Media Group
Gordon’s Electric & Heating, Inc.
Hamley & Co.
Hill Meat Company
Holiday Inn Express
In Home Medical Inc.
InterMountain Education Service District
ISU Insurance Services - The Stratton Agency
Kind Leaf Pendleton LLC
Lifeways Inc.
Medical Center Dental
Oxford Suites Pendleton
Pacific Power
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Pioneer Asphalt, Inc.
Pioneer Title & Escrow
Red Lion Hotel
Sygnifi Networks
Tom Denchel Ford Country
Tum-A-Lum Lumber
U.S. Cellular
Umatilla County
Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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