SEASIDE - The Seaside Chamber of Commerce's 8:30 a.m. Friday meetings are moving to McKeown's at 714 Broadway Drive.

That's not the only thing that's changing, new chamber board president Tita Montero said. The chamber will work more closely with the Seaside Downtown Development Association, Montero said. She is also working to bring practical speakers to the Friday meetings, such as a representative of Columbia Pacific Airlines or the Lower Columbia Human Resources Management Association.

New Executive Director Jeanne Clark said the chamber will work to let business owners know what new laws affect them and to give Seaside a stronger presence in Salem.

"The chamber is here for the city," Montero said. "The chamber is about the whole city."

The business community, anyway, Clark corrected, but she said everyone benefits when businesses are doing well.

Both Montero and Clark praised Superintendent of Lewis and Clark National Historic Park Chip Jenkins' efforts toward the creation of a new national park. "This is where economic development begins," Montero said.

Montero and Clark are looking forward to the Fourth of July fireworks, the September community picnic, the November chamber awards banquet and Corps of Discovery II event. "I think the fireworks are going to be a nice big bang," Montero said.

The chamber could use more volunteers, especially someone to keep the reader board in front of the chamber updated, she said.

"Community organizations are only as good as their volunteers," Montero said. "We do a lot behind the scenes. You should see the e-mail fly." For more information, call Jeanne Clark at (503) 738-6391

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