JUNE/JULY 2012 | OPEN FOR BUSINESS
OPEN FOR BUSINESS | EUGENE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
YOUR CHAMBER WORKING FOR YOU
Chamber program prepare 26 or uture communty leaderhp poton
Chamber promote expanon o Rverront Reearch Park
Twenty x up-and-comng communty leader graduated n May rom theLeaderhp Eugene-sprngfeld program.
Chamber’ ACE award honor everal top local educator
sen. Merkley, Chamber leader dcuway to ncreae venture captal undng
US Senator Je Merkley joined a host o Chamber leadersor lunch last month to discuss strategies or increasingventure capital or early stage companies and other topicsimportant to business. The discussion included suchsubjects as “crowd unding,” transportation reauthorizationlegislation, the renewal o secure rural schools and thePostal Reorm Bill. Chamber leaders regularly meet withstate and ederal lawmakers to discuss issues and ideasimportant to business.For nearly three decades, the Eugeneand Springeld chambers o commercehave sponsored a comprehensivecommunity leadership-training programcalled Leadership Eugene-Springeld.In May, 26 graduates rom the 2011-12program joined more than 650 alumniwho have graduated since the program’slaunch in 1986. Graduates have used theinormation and connections providedby the program to serve in key volunteerleadership positions across the region.Recruitment or the 2012-2013 programis now underway.
Cacade Prodrug get backngat Wllamette Angel Conerence
In May, the Eugene Chamber led theeorts around a successul WillametteAngel Conerence (WAC), a regional investorconerence connecting early-stage andseed-businesses with angel investors. Theconerence resulted in 25 angel investorsbacking Eugene-based Cascade Prodrug tothe tune o $200,000. All told, 30 excitingcompanies competed or unds, including“concept stage” winner, Corvallis-basedCoyle, which took home a $7,000 prize. Theconerence kicked o with a Start-up EXPObeore the main competition, and more than200 people attended the WAC. All this helpsposition the region as a place where new ideasand new businesses are supported.
senator Je Merkeley, here wth Ann Mare Mehlum, CEO osummt Bank, recently poke to Chamber leader.
YOUR CHAMBER WORKING FOR YOU
The Eugene Chamber is astrong supporter o the RiverrontResearch Park and lead advocacyeorts or a new home thereor Oregon Research Institute(ORI) and the Educational PolicyImprovement Center (EPIC), aUniversity o Oregon spino.Construction o the our-story,80,000-square-oot buildingbegan in January and much othe rst-oor concrete already hasbeen poured. The new buildingwill allow both ORI and EPIC toconsolidate their operations in asingle location while maintainingthe close ties they have withcolleagues at the University oOregon.More than 500 local educators,business and community leadersturned out or the seventh annual
A Champon n Educaton (ACE) Award
ceremony. Spearheadedby the Eugene and Springeldchambers o commerce andpresenting sponsor OregonCommunity Credit Union, theACE Awards honor administrators,classied sta, teachers andvolunteers in the Bethel, Eugene andSpringeld school districts. Thanksto the generous donation made byOregon Community Credit Union,each ACE Award winner receives amonetary award or their school.Over the past seven years the eventhas provided nearly $85,000 indirect nancial support to schoolsthroughout Eugene and Springeld.
Leaderhp From Oregon Reearch inttute, EPiC, Unverty o Oregon and the Cty oEugene celebrate the launch o the new 80,000-quare-oot buldng. Al Cochrane and Auge sck o Cacade Prodrugreceve ther $200,000 check rom Chr Klemm,the 2012 WAC invetor Manager.