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Ashland Chamber of Commerce &
Visitors Convention Bureau

Sandra Slattery, Executive Director,
(541) 482-3486 ext 105

Katharine Cato, VCB & Marketing Director,
(541) 482-3486  ext 106

Dana Preston, Membership & Business Development Director,
(541) 482-3486 ext 107

Dana Welsh, Operations Manager/Graphic Design/Web Administration,
(541) 482-3486 ext 100

Kelsey Frantz, Projects and Special Events Coordinator,
(541) 482-3486 ext. 104

Graham Lewis, Volunteer Coordinator/Staff Photographer,
(541) 482-3486 ext. 103​

2016 17 Full Board


Photo by Judith Pavlik Photography

Chamber Board and Ex-Officio 2016-17

Left to Right: John Stromberg, Mayor, City of Ashland; Allen Drescher, Attorney at Law; Dr. Linda Schott, Southern Oregon University President; Livia Genise, Livia Genise Productions; Jac Nickels, Architectural Design Works, Inc.; Drew Gibbs, Alchemy Restaurant & Bar; Meiwen Richards, Honorary Life Member; Deena Branson, Branson’s Chocolates, LLC; Cynthia Rider, Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Annie Hoy, Ashland Food Co-op; Eric Weisinger, Weisinger Family Winery; Marie Lange, Ashland Homes Real Estate; Larry Steiner, Edward Jones-Larry Steiner; Sheila Clough, Asante Ashland Community Hospital Administrator; Cindy Bernard, Rogue Valley Roasting Co.; Julie Gurwell, Hearsay Restaurant, Lounge and Garden; Mary Gardiner, Southern Oregon University. Not Pictured: Pam Marsh, City Council Liaison & Suzanne Cusick, Ashland Public Schools Superintendent. 

Our Mission:

Ashland Chamber of Commerce, historically grounded since 1889, promotes businesses and the community by providing business resources, creating events, maintaining strong community partnerships, promoting tourism, conducting community issues discussions and collaborative problem solving, providing community leadership.  


The Ashland Chamber of Commerce has a Rapid Response Team to help answer your business questions whether you are starting, growing or moving your business to Ashland. Complete the form below and an Ashland Chamber staff member will connect with you shortly.

Click Here to fill out an online form


City of Ashland

The City of Ashland is a municipal corporation first organized in 1874. The Ashland City Council is elected to serve as the governing body for Ashland’s citizens. The Mayor, who presides at the City Council meetings, is elected at-large for a four-year term. Six council members are elected at-large for four-year staggering terms. Other elected officials are the City Recorder, Municipal Judge, and the five-member Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Mayor, with confirmation from the City Council, appoints a City Administrator and City Attorney.  The City Administrator has the responsibility for all city functions with the exception of the Parks Department.

The City Administrator recommends the appointment or dismissal of the Administrative Services and Finance Director, Community Development Director, Electric/Information Technology Director, Fire Chief, Police Chief and Public Works Director. 

In addition to the help they receive from their appointed staff  and employees, 20 advisory boards and commissions assist  the City Council. Over 120 Ashland citizens serve on these boards and commissions and make a valuable contribution to  the City of Ashland.​

Dave Kanner, City Administrator  (541) 488-6002

Lee Tuneberg, Finance Director  (541) 488-5300

Barbara Christensen, City Recorder  (541) 552-2084

Adam Hanks, Economic Development  (541) 552-2046

Bill Molnar, Community Development Director  (541) 552-2042  

Mike Faught, Public Works Director  (541) 552-2411​

John Karns, Fire Chief  (541) 482-2770

Terry Holderness, Police Chief  (541) 552-2138

Mark Holden, Electric and Telecommunications Director  (541) 552-2314​

Ashland Fiber Network (AFN)  (541) 552-2222

Building & Planning Division (541) 488-5305

Business Licenses  (541) 488-6004

Electric Department  (Operations)  (541) 488-5357

Utility Billing  (541) 488-6004

Water  (541) 488-5353

Jackson County: 

Jackson County is governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners who are nominated and elected from the County at large, serving four-year overlapping terms. The County Administrator, a position created by ordinance, is appointed by and reports to the County Commissioners. Its mission is to provide public services that protect and enhance the quality of life in the County, as determined by the people, laws, and available resources. For more information about the County, Click Here.  

SOREDI (Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the long-term prosperity of Jackson and Josephine Counties. They serve 13 incorporated cities including Ashland, Butte Falls, Cave Junction, Central Point, Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Grants Pass, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix, Rogue River, Talent, and Shady Cove.

Ron Fox, Executive Director  (541) 773-8946

SBDC- The SOU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides in-depth, one-on-one guidance to businesses and prospective entrepreneurs at no fee. The SBDC business advisors have expertise in a broad spectrum of business issues.  They can help you gather information, evaluate, plan, and create systems for your business that lead to greater profit, job creation, and job retention. Team counseling and on-site visits are available, as well as customized business assistance focused on your business needs.

Jack Vitacco, Director  (541) 552-8300

Sustainable Valley Technology Group- Sustainable Valley Technology Group educates business and community leaders in the Rogue Valley region about the challenges and opportunities created by sustainable development; help the region take better advantage of these opportunities and help establish the region as a center for sustainable technology and business development.

Rosetta Shaw​, Program Manager​  (541) 414-0000

SOVA- The Southern Oregon Visitors Association (SOVA) is a regional, non-profit marketing group formed in 1984. Over the years, SOVA has grown into a seven-county association of hospitality and tourism businesses and destination marketing organizations.

Carolyn Hill, Executive Director

THRIVE- Thrive brings community members and locally-owned, independent businesses together to create a more socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable economy in the Rogue Valley. For more information contact: 

Wendy Siporen​, Executive Director. (541) 897-0612

Job Council- The Job Council provides workforce resources to businesses, youth and adults throughout Jackson and Josephine counties. Our programs are grouped within four primary service areas:

Business Services, Job Seeker Services, Youth Programs and Child Care Resources.

The Job Council is an important and active participant in the economic development efforts of the Rogue Valley.

Jim Fong, Executive Director, (541) 842-2515

State of Oregon:

Senator Alan Bates – Capitol Phone (503) 986-1703
Representative Peter Buckley – Capitol Phone (503) 986-1405
Governor Kate Brown – Capitol Phone (503) 378-4582

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