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Message from the President

Brad Hicks The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County has been the leading and most respected voice for business in our region since 1895. So as we enter our 116th year of “Helping Business Succeed,” it is extremely pleasing to be able to report to you our strong, albeit challenging, financial position, as well as our vibrant membership, which I believe to the most active membership in The Chamber's history.

Our membership represents more than 30,000 of our region’s family members and friends, who are working very hard in more than 1,500 businesses. Membership is the lifeblood of The Chamber. So, despite this horrific economy, your Chamber continues to attract and provide value to new and existing members throughout the last two recessionary years, due largely to the dramatic steps taken by our volunteer leaders and staff to give practical application to our vital purpose and specific mission.

These steps include creating the first Business Retention & Expansion Survey done in Jackson County, our “Buy Barnett” campaign to keep member and non-member doors open during the I-5 interchange construction and closing the Chamber office each day from 3-5 p.m. during the Holiday Season so Chamber staff could go out and work - for free - in struggling member businesses.

Our dynamic membership is joining us in the hard work of creating a stronger local economy, promoting the community, representing business issues through lobbying and political action and providing networking opportunities. I’m proud of our members and I’m proud of the good work of The Chamber.

All of these economy-building activities underline our justifiable claim to be the leading voice for business in our outstanding region. Your Chamber will continue to add services to its portfolio in an attempt to provide you the kind of added value every discerning company looks for before committing itself to any outside organizations. We have pledged to help transform our region’s economy, and we have done just that by working with our southern Oregon legislative delegation to secure $100 million in transportation infrastructure funding to improve our Valley’s air quality and overall livability. At the same time, we are playing a significant part in the fight against unfair and frankly predatory business taxes so we will better recover from this ailing economy.

Finally, following the many accolades The Chamber has received for various programs and services, such as the Business Review, The Directory, area maps, our highly successful Connect-For-Lunch program and many more accomplishments, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous support from our many gracious sponsors as well as each and every one of The Chamber’s members: You are greatly appreciated!