The Waldport Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of their first executive director, Laura Furgurson. In an effort to expand and enhance Waldport’s marketing efforts and visitor reach, this half-time position is funded by a three-year grant from the Lincoln County Commissioners. In this new leadership role, Furgurson’s focus will be tourism promotion, membership support and economic development.
Sue Woodruff, former Waldport mayor and current chamber board member, said, “We are so pleased to have Laura onboard so our businesses and community will be able to have the attention and professionalism they deserve.”
Furgurson has over 30 years of experience launching and leading both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She joins the chamber with an extensive background in marketing, branding, market research, volunteer management, organizational development, tourism and hospitality. Furgurson is a Small Business Development Center instructor, certified leadership coach, Guest Gold Service trainer and a long-time business advisor.
Furgurson also currently serves half-time as the executive director for the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce. Furgurson is excited for this new opportunity.
“There will be a lot of synergy between the two positions,” she said. “Though the needs and objectives will be different, I am excited to leverage learnings and resources to support both communities.”
Depoe Bay Chamber Board President Bill Johnson stated, “The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce collaborated with Waldport and Toledo Chambers to receive a tourism grant from the Lincoln County Commissioners. Through a dual contract, the Depoe Bay and Waldport Chambers have hired Laura Furgurson to be the executive director. This will greatly enhance the development and coordination of marketing in our two communities. Laura has substantial expertise, and experience, and will be a wonderful asset to both communities. The Depoe Bay Chamber is thrilled to be collaborating with Waldport, and with Laura leading both agencies.”
Regional and statewide destination marketing organizations are also very supportive of the combined roles.
"Having a singular person dedicated to establishing processes and building marketing assets will ensure efficient use of resources, as well as ease of collaboration, not only between communities, but also with OCVA and Travel Oregon,” said OCVA Director Marcus Hinz.
Linda Eriksen, Waldport Board Member welcomes the expertise Furgurson brings to the table: “She is personable and professional. The Chamber welcomes her as a leader who will help us engage our members as we move the chamber forward.”
Join the Waldport chamber board and members to meet their new director during their Oct. 10 luncheon meeting at the Waldport Moose Lodge starting at noon.