Chamber President/CEO News
Florence Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bettina Hannigan is three fourths through a 4 year course with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. Raymond Towle is the U.S. Chamber’s Vice President and says that institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries. He says of Hannigan that she has the knowledge, skills and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success. Hannigan began with the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce in 2016. During her tenure Florence has been recognized up to a dozen times from various publications in areas such as #1 best small town in the northwest and top 8 places to retire in the U.S.
For now the decrease at the pumps seems to be on hold according to Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon. The recent milder weather across the country has raised the demand for gasoline and crude oil prices have had an impact on prices. However, Oregon has seen relatively small increases compared to the rest of the country. The national average jumped 12 cents last week but Oregon only gained about four cents rising to $3.72 a gallon for regular. Here along the coast the price has risen about 2 cents a gallon averaging $3.31.
Job Fair Scheduled
Siuslaw High School is continuing its search for local businesses to participate in it Job Fair on March 17th. Coordinator Pamela Hickson says they are anticipating up to 250 high schoolers from around the area including Mapleton, Siuslaw and the Home school community. Tables will be provided for vendors. It is a free event and will be held at Siuslaw High school on the 17th of march from 11am until 2pm. Information or to sign up go contact Pam Hickson at 541-997-5470.