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About the Chamber

Union County Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1932, and governed by an elected and appointed Board of Directors, the Union County Chamber of Commerce aims to promote and foster a strong, healthy business environment through networking and fostering connections.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce serves the communities of Cove, Elgin, Imbler, Island City, La Grande, North Powder, Summerville, and Union, as well as the surrounding areas.

We're here to help make Union County a wonderful place to work and live - as well as make this a premier destination to visit.  Here, you'll find small-town charm and hospitality with world-class assets and amenities.

Small town, BIG on business.

Building BUSINESS.  Building Community.


To promote and support the business environment through membership participation and leadership that fosters economic growth and community involvement.

Board of Directors

Shawn Risteen, Chair of the Board
United Finance

Caleb Sampson, Vice Chair of the Board
Thunder RV

Brent Huntsman, Treasurer of the Board
Carpet One Floor & Home

Patrick Flynn, Secretary of the Board
Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation

Tyler Brooks
Brooks Painting

Michael Fields
Eastern Oregon University

Karissa Harvey

Mollie Hulse

Kevin Loveland
Loveland Funeral Chapel

Mike Rysavy
Grande Hot Springs, The Lodge at Hot Lake

Justin Rock
City of La Grande Appointed Ex-Officio Appointed Liaison

Matt Scarfo
Union County Board of Commissioners Appointed Liaison

Office Team

Chamber Staff

The Union County Chamber of Commerce has an excellent office team including Suzannah Moore Hemann, Executive Director, and Sandra Patterson, Office Coordinator, who share responsibilities in making the Chamber tick - everything from greeting and providing visitor information to walk-in visitors, to planning and hosting events from the Holiday Decorating Competition, Farmer-Merchant Banquet, and the Citizens Award Banquet - along with new events and programs to support the Members and the business landscape of Union County.

The Chamber is responsible for tourism promotion for all of Union County which includes things such as administration of the TRT Grant programs - Regular Grants, Cooperative Advertising Grants, Discretionary (new projects) Grants - as well as ensuring Union County is at the forefront of visitation to this region through a comprehensive marketing matrix.  Additionally, the Chamber is home to the Union County Visitors Information Center which welcomes visitors and attracts potential visitors through visitor guide fulfillment.

It is a tremendous honor for the Chamber to develop and promote programming and activities to make Union County a vibrant community in which to work and live.


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Suzannah Moore Hemann, Executive Director

Suzannah is a lifelong resident of Union County with a strong background in nonprofit management and administration, financial management, budgeting and forecasting, as well as event planning and oversight.  She brings many years of volunteer board experience to her position with the Chamber, including six years service on the La Grande Main Street Downtown Board of Directors, three years - and currently serving - on the Eastern Oregon University Foundation Board of Directors, among others.

In her spare time, Suzannah enjoys golfing, gardening, cooking, hiking, and traveling.

Carrie Hayes

Carrie Hayes, Membership Coordinator

Carrie was born and raised in La Grande and brings with her a wealth of background in office management, bookkeeping, business ownership/operations (floral), fundraising, and event planning.  Previously, she worked for the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation as an integral part of the fundraising team.  Her commitment to building a vibrant community has been long-standing.  Whether it be fundraising for the Hospital, working with a variety of vendors instructing floral classes and services, to being committed to buying and supporting local...Carrie is always passionate.

In her spare time, Carrie plays competitive disc golf, gardens, and enjoys spending time with her chickens and family.

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