We are proud to have the opportunity to serve our business community since 1873 and we look forward to many more years promoting and supporting our growing list of members. The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce works to create a strong local economy, promote the community and represent the interests of business with government.
Our mission is “To drive prosperity by supporting our business community while celebrating our unique history and heritage.” Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for businesses to work together to accomplish what no business can do by itself. Our work is directed by 15 elected Board of Directors and seven Advisory members from the business community and managed by Executive Director Skip Hauke and his staff who carry out the mission.
The Chamber is also a great resource for local, regional and state visitor information. Inside our official Oregon Welcome Center in Astoria and our Warrenton Visitor Center, we are able to direct visitors and locals to the businesses, attractions, events and services they need. Be sure to check out the Membership Directory in the back of this guide for a comprehensive list of business and organizations.
We provide multiple monthly opportunities for business leaders to connect with each other and strive to provide information about what is happening in our community. The Chamber produces two major events each year. The Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival brings up to 20,000 visitors to the community. The very popular Great Columbia Crossing, a 10K Run/Walk across the Astoria-Megler Bridge, is the only time pedestrians are allowed on the bridge.
The Astoria-Warrenton Chamber has a proactive media relations program, working with travel media to generate stories about the area as an ideal vacation destination. During the years, we’ve been featured in hundreds of articles, including recent stories in The New York Times, Washington Post, Sunset Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and Budget Travel. Media mentions may be as brief as a hotel or restaurant review or a multi-page feature piece about the area as a travel destination.
If you have a business or organization in the area, your first and best marketing move is joining the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce. Our staff is ready to serve you in any way we can.
Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce
111 W. Marine Drive
P.O. Box 176
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-6311 • (503) 325-9767 Fax
(800) 875-6807 Toll-free
ABOUT THE CHAMBER
The Chamber creates a strong local economy by promoting commerce and representing the interest of business in our communities. We also provide networking opportunities, member referrals and multiple avenues of exposure for your business. See what it is all about! Contact our membership director to learn more about annual membership in the Chamber by calling (503) 325-6311.
CHAMBER AMBASSADORS PAVE THE WAY
The Astoria-Warrenton Chamber Ambassadors’ objective is to assist the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce in business recognition through ribbon cuttings, ground breaking ceremonies, grand openings and welcoming new businesses to the area. The Chamber Ambassadors are dedicated to the economic growth and development of the Lower Columbia Region. This active, vital group of business leaders from our communities have made a commitment to recognizing businesses for their accomplishments and contributions to the community. If you are opening a new business, expanding, or relocating a business here and could use their support, contact the Chamber at (503) 325-6311.
LOWER COLUMBIA TOURISM COMMITTEE
The Lower Columbia Tourism Committee (LCTC) promotes Astoria-Warrenton as a tourist area through multiple forms of marketing. The membership of the LCTC consists of representatives from several categories including lodging, dining, attractions, merchants and more. The Cities of Astoria and Warrenton distribute funds to LCTC which are derived from lodging room tax. The LCTC manages a fully integrated marketing campaign to promote the Astoria-Warrenton area as a travel destination. This approach creates synergy and efficiency between our advertising and public relations efforts. To learn more, contact the Chamber’s Marketing Manager at (503) 325-6311.
CHAMBER EVENTS BUILD COMMUNITY
Great Columbia Crossing 10K Run/Walk
OCTOBER 11, 2015
Once each year for just two hours, 3,500 runners and walkers are able to cross the historic Astoria-Megler Bridge as a part of the Great Columbia Crossing 10k. The opportunity to trek across the 4.1-mile bridge, which connects Washington and Oregon and is the longest continuous three-span through truss bridge in the US, attracts runners from around the globe. The event has been certified by the USA Track & Field Association, so that you can now use your finishing time to qualify for a competitive marathon. Runners’ times are recorded through the use of electronic chip timing devices.
The 33rd annual Great Columbia Crossing 10k is a major fundraiser for the Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce. Registration opens May 1st, and closes when the cap of 3,500 participants is reached.
Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival Clatsop
County Fairgrounds, Astoria
APRIL 24-26, 2015
Drawing seafood lovers for its famous, fresh-caught Oregon Dungeness crab, Oregon’s North Coast celebrates annually with the Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival. Headlined by the fresh seafood and selection of Oregon wineries, visitors will be able to explore more than 180 booths that feature vibrant work from regional artisans and taste the traditions of the Oregon Coast. The Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce has organized this event for 34 years! The event takes place at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds where parking is limited, so this encourages use of the frequent shuttles that service Astoria and Warrenton lodging properties during the event.