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The executive director is planning for a number of new programs in the coming year

Kyle Lang has produced a number of new activities for the Chamber of Commerce since he took over as executive director about 15 months ago. He's also added 57 new members to the Chamber and about 1,000 people on Facebook.

His work, he says, has mainly been listening.

"I came from outside [the Chamber world] and listened to everyone because I didn't know too much about the Chamber," he explained. "But I did come from the service world and followed that aspect of the job. What the customer wants, he should get. It works well with a membership organization."

CAROL ROSEN - Chamber Executive Director Kyle Lang (right) is having fun getting things going well at the Chamber.

His next phase of change is to reformat the networking program by expanding the early morning meetings from one to two meetings a month. People here are excited to meet bright and early in the morning, he said, it starts the day off right.

He also plans to offer an executive level training series of breakfast meetings. He will offer leadership management training once a month from October through March. The trainers will first preview or audition their skills, each will present these skills over two meetings, allowing businesses that want such training to choose from three different companies.

Lang also plans to tie networking Chamber events with Canby's First Thursday on a quarterly basis. These will be held at about 7 p.m. on the First Thursday so they don't interfere with the open stores. For the first one, which he plans to unveil in September, he will provide a preview of the school year. He hopes to get Canby High School department heads for a number of areas, such as athletics, arts, academics and clubs, to talk to businesses and residents to communicate what the school year looks like, and let people know how they can support Canby High School.

"I plan to have these quarterly events downtown, starting at Cutsforth Thriftway upstairs in their meeting room. The next will be in the ballroom above Backstop and then at the Pioneer Chapel," he told the Herald. This will give residents a view of downtown prior to the event.

He also is working with the city's Economic Development Department to develop pamphlets for visitors and residents giving them ideas of places to go and things to do within Canby. These itineraries will provide ideas for spending a weekend in Canby or suggest good places to go for bike rides, ideas for sports, date nights and a listing of wineries.

Among his other plans are two guides the Chamber recently produced. The Best of Canby 2019 came out this spring, noting which stores and shops offer the best, along with a list of Chamber members. Lang and the Chamber also put out a Relocation Guide, telling people where there are specific shops, restaurants, utility needs and other items that people recently moved to Canby might be interested in. He plans to make the next relocation guide last for two years.

One reason Lang relishes his job is because, "I need a different type of work every day, I need to be challenged. This is the type of job that always offers differences," he said. "There's always something different. Some organizations like this struggle because they are beating the same drums into the ground. This organization has different aspects to work on."

For example, there are several areas that are necessary to work on. One of them is B-to-B or networking among businesses. B-to-C is business to the customer or marketing. A third is B-to-G or business to government by looking at the way government affects business like through taxes and cap and trade and add a voice on businesses behalf. These three items plus Business to Workers come up every day and file into his challenges.

The success of a Chamber of Commerce is seen through its work, and Lang has taken the work another step forward.


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