2018 Chamber of Commerce Siuslaw Award winners announced

During Wednesday night's 11th annual Florence Chamber of Commerce Siuslaw Awards held at the Florence Events Center, local businesses and community members were recognized for their contributions in areas of innovation, service, curb appeal and customer service. In addition, this years First Citizen and Future First Citizen were announced. The following is the list of winners from last night's awards banquet. Look for a full story on last night's event in Saturday's edition...

Innovation in Business:

Florence Public Art Committee

“The Florence Public Art Committee is the very

definition of innovation - none of what we have

existed before - we have created a Public Art

Program for this community and placed

artwork in spaces that were empty.”


Business of the year:

Siuslaw News

“Siuslaw News is in a unique position to help

all of the organizations in the community, and has

a long history of community involvement. We take

 pride in helping others in any way we can, such as

 donations, volunteering and more”


Community Caring:

TR Hunter Real Estate

“TR Hunter has dedicated their time to reaching out

to local folks and newcomers with its care and

concern. TR Hunter participates in the majority of

public interest events, and has made a household

name that equates with caring and warmth”


Curb Appeal:

City of Florence Public Works

“Our facility was constructed with the latest energy

and environmental design concepts. Featuring LED

lighting, native landscaping materials, skylights and

more all contribute to the holistic sustainable

approach. The facility was designed to provide an

 aesthetic demonstration of sustainable construction”


Excellence in customer service:

Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast

“Heceta Lighthouse B&B is dedicated to excellent

customer service in all aspects of business. This last

year, all team members became certified is the

Customer Service Gold Training. According to

OCVA, we are the first business on the Oregon

coast to earn this international accreditation.”


Non-Profit Achievement:

Florence Habitat for Humanity

"Florence Habitat for humanity has to date built 28 new homes

and placed 31 families into homes. Our Aging in place Program

allows for seniors and people with disabilities to stay comfortably

and safely in their own homes. We continue to expand our

recycling programs to keep materials out of landfills."


First Citizen:

Dee Osborne


Future First Citizen:

Audrey Lowder


Distinguished Service Award:

Jenna Bartlett

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