Real Estate Show Interview with Grants Pass Chamber

Real Estate Show Interview with Grants Pass Chamber, Josie Molloy

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Real Estate Show Interview with Josie Moloy, Grants Pass Chamber

Alice Lema: [00:00:00] Well, hey there, Southern Oregon. Welcome back to the Real Estate Show. Gosh, so glad you could join us again this weekend for another edition, market Trends and a great, great guest. We're going to be interviewing Josie Malloy from Grant's Pass Chamber of Commerce. She's the president and CEO, and we're so looking forward to hearing about all the things not only that the Chamber of Commerce does for businesses in the community, but also a series of events that they have coming up over the next year. It's gonna be a great interview with Josie Malloy, the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce.

So before we get started and bring Josie in, let's take a quick look at our local market trends. We've had another interesting week, a volatile stock market. Maybe all those people are taking their cash out and buying real estate. Who knows? Let's talk about Jackson County. First [00:01:00] we have active listings this time last year compared to now down 12%. Our Jackson County active listing inventory is down 12%, but guess what? The prices are still up 4%. In fact, the Jackson County average price for residential. Is $508,000. Can you believe it?

Josephine County has minus 2% active listings from this time last year, and their prices are up 3%. And hold onto your hat the average price for residential in Josephine County right now, $461,000 and some change.

Our sister to the Northeast Klamath Falls, has a minus 10% in active listing inventory, but their prices are up a whopping 8%. [00:02:00] Average price of a residential home in Klamath County will now cost you $325,000. So yes, the world is weird. Yes, things are hard, but our little southern Oregon is still holding its own week to week. We'll let you know. If we see a change, we'll let you know if, if the numbers start going down, we'll certainly talk about it.

In the meantime, let's get ready to bring Josie Malloy in and talk to her about the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce, all the things they do for the local businesses, all the things they do for the community, and some really, really great programs that they've got going. We'll talk about their calendar for the year. Josie Malloy, Grants Pass, chamber of Commerce CEO and President joining us shortly.

Let's take a quick break. Say thank you to our sponsors, John L. Scott, Ashland Medford. Guy Giles Mutual Mortgage and our local Rogue Valley Association of Realtors will be right back. Don't touch that dial. [00:03:00]

Well, hey there, Southern Oregon. Welcome back to The Real Estate Show. I'm Alice Lema your host of the show, and today we're so excited to interview Josie Malloy. She is the president and CEO of the Grants Pass, chamber of Commerce. Welcome, Josie.

Josie Molloy: Yeah. Thanks for having me.

Alice Lema: Well, this is so exciting. For 2023, we're trying to reach out and learn more about Josephine County. I work up there a lot. It's a fabulous area. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do for the Grants Pass Chamber?

Josie Molloy: Yeah, well, we're very excited you're covering Josephine. So I actually moved here about four years ago. I came from Laramie, Wyoming. I worked for a Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation out there, but I wanted to move back to my home state. So I moved out in August, 2018 and took over as president and CEO for the Chamber of Commerce. And we do serve all of Josephine [00:04:00] County. And I have two children three-year-old and a one-year-old.

And we love Josephine County with all the outdoor activities and downtown and all the great restaurants. Josephine County is a great place for us to be. It is, it is so much fun to have a, a family life up there. There is really a lot to do.

Alice Lema: What exactly is the mission or purpose of the, the Grants Pass Chamber?

Josie Molloy: So we really are the voice for our business community. We work with all shapes and sizes from the small mom and pop stores all the way up to large corporations. And we advocate for them. We provide a lot of networking opportunities, marketing opportunities, and really work with our elected officials the city council, county commissioners, state representatives, and our main focus [00:05:00] to represent our businesses and to create a strong economy here in Josephine County. So everything we do helps businesses.

Alice Lema: That's wonderful because now that the covid is over and hopefully our hyperinflation will be under control. There can be more optimism and that's what businesses need. How, how is the, the membership going?

Josie Molloy: So our membership has been going very well. We were very nervous through Covid as we knew it was a huge struggle for our businesses due to luck with the mandates. But we were surprised our businesses came out and supported us. And we have continued to grow. 2022 was actually the best year we've ever had.

Alice Lema: Really. How so?

Josie Molloy: Well, mostly we brought back all of our events cuz of course, through Covid we had [00:06:00] to switch everything virtually. We brought everything back to normal, added new programs and added 78 new members last year. Yeah, so it was a really great year.

We just appreciate all the support of businesses and I think Covid really showed, you know, that businesses need chamber of commerces cuz we were out there advocating for them. We provided a lot of supplies and resources and credible, accurate information to businesses. And we are just very blessed and we're excited to see what 2023 brings.

Alice Lema: So for the advocating for the businesses and helping them with advice and, and good information, are you specifically talking about during the shutdown?

Josie Molloy: Yeah, mostly through the shutdown. We actually worked directly with the governor's office.

Alice Lema: Oh, did you? That's great.

Josie Molloy: We did. So we worked with our [00:07:00] local contact here in Southern Oregon, which all chambers across, you know, the United States worked to, you know, provide the elected officials making these decisions, the impact it had on businesses. You know, lots of people didn't realize all the implications that caused.

Alice Lema: See, and that's why we wanted to talk to you today because I think you're you're just kind of the gem secret, gem the, the chamber really does help a lot. So what, when you were advocating for the businesses during the shutdown, what was the biggest surprise that you had in dealing with the state of Oregon?

Josie Molloy: You know, I think the hard part is it really showed that lots of them don't understand how businesses work. It was, and so we didn't win all the fights cuz of course lots of the mandates continued. We were able to change some of the [00:08:00] mandates.

Alice Lema: Really? Like what? That's exciting.

Josie Molloy: Well, just a few of them cuz we explained, you know, the different issues it would cause. So, you know, we were out there advocating for our local businesses and even small changes, I mean, did make a big difference. So we just continued to spread the different concerns that come from business owners.

Alice Lema: So the shutdown was really hard on restaurants. Is your restaurant community did it, did it come out okay? Is it growing again?

Josie Molloy: I think they're back to more of a normal pace. We did see a lot of different owners in the restaurant business change ownership. Some of them decided to retire early. Others decided they wanted to move on something else, which we saw that in all industries. But we are seeing new restaurants open up in Josephine County.

So that has been exciting. People are taking on [00:09:00] that new adventure, so that I think showcases that, yeah, they're back to doing normal businesses and growing, which is great to see.

Alice Lema: That is, that really is now part of chamber is economic development, and that's kind of what we're talking about now. What do you see happening in 2023, kind of in that direction?

Josie Molloy: So it's interesting. Different industries are different. But we actually have just completed our business retention expansion survey. And lots of that was actually out interviewing different business owners, asking them what they expected for 2023. And it's a mixed. Some are looking to see an increase in sales, some are looking for it to just stay the same, but most of them did not say they were gonna see a decline.

Alice Lema: Now, that's [00:10:00] surprising, don't you think? Because there's kind of scary stuff in the world right now.

Josie Molloy: It was, but of course everyone's nervous about inflation. You know, a recession coming. . But so far, you know, knock on wood, they're still seeing an increase in sales. So, you know, I don't know though, what's gonna happen, you know, there's so many different moving parts. But for right now, most of businesses are looking for a great year in 2023.

Alice Lema: Well, that's awesome. And you've opened up a lot of your events you mentioned. What what's back on the program?

Josie Molloy: So we brought back all of them. All of 'em, yes. So we're probably most known for concerts in the park, but we do through June and July, which is a free concert series. We also have greeters, which is a weekly business networking event that's held every Wednesday at 8:00 AM [00:11:00] and we've been averaging 65 to 70 businesses each.

Yeah. We're one of the largest greeters programs in the region. We brought back our young professionals network. They're now meeting in person. Which I'll just add through covid, we didn't stop most of these programs except for concerts in the park. The rest of them, we all did virtual, but of course meeting in person means so much more.

So we were excited that now our young professionals can have their luncheons, their community service projects at their different socials. We also brought back our business after hours program, and then Lemonade Day is a new program. We're actually in our third year, and we work with young entrepreneurs that are middle school kids and they have, they start their first business which is the lemonade [00:12:00] stand. And last year we worked with 200 kids and we're looking to grow it even bigger this year.

Alice Lema: Oh my gosh. So let's talk a little bit about that. That, is that your young that's not your young professionals? What is that?

Josie Molloy: So it's actually a national program. It just had never been in Grants Pass. So we signed up to be a hosting city. And they actually go through different lessons. They create their business plan, they create their marketing, they create their product, they find investors. And then this year, on August 4th, they will actually sell their first product, which is lemonade stand. And then we through it, we encourage them to pick a goal that they want to meet, and then also partner with a nonprofit of their choice and donate some of their proceeds to a nonprofit.

Alice Lema: And these are middle school kids? [00:13:00]

Josie Molloy: They are. So we worked with kindergarten all the way up to eighth grade, but the majority of kids are fourth and fifth grade.

Alice Lema: So I guess I'm a little surprised children that young would be interested in business.

Josie Molloy: Well, and that's what we really wanted to do, is start working with them at a young age that, you know, all these possibilities. And, you know, we were shocked how many kids when we first did it in 2021, we had 45 kids.

Alice Lema: Which I still, I think that's a lot.

Josie Molloy: Yeah, we thought so too. And then we're like, you know, we'll open it up to any kid that wants to participate and we had 200 sign up. Yeah, it was crazy. And you know, it's just so cool to see all their creativity, the different themes they came up, the different lemonades, some did cookies and cupcakes.

 Yeah. So they went for the whole thing. [00:14:00] And we even had one group, it was a group I believe, of four siblings, and they used their grandma's recipe. And it was so popular that then they started selling it even after Lemonade Day. So they sold, Sell it in bottles now.

Alice Lema: Wow. Wow. That's quite amazing. So they must have had some investor help, I'm think.

Josie Molloy: They did and we were actually quite shocked. Lots of kids went out mostly to family members, but a few different businesses and asked for investors and you know, some of their profit was amazing. Some kids I think had $500 they had a raised. So yeah, so only a few hours. It, it was just really cool to see. And you know, we're just in the beginning phase.

Alice Lema: Yeah, well, you know, I think there's there's a lot of us self-employed people that would make [00:15:00] ourselves available for investing or helping or something like that. We should talk about that sometime.

Josie Molloy: Yeah, we would love that.

Alice Lema: Yeah. This is super exciting. So what is the name of that program?

Josie Molloy: So it's called Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day . Yep. Very original .

Alice Lema: Oh my gosh. We're talking to Josie Malloy, the Grants Pass Chamber president and CEO. We are gonna take a break in a quick minute, but how are those kids doing now? Those junior high kids that were entrepreneurs,

Josie Molloy: So a lot of them will come back again this year to compete again. And you know, they started, some of 'em sold their lemonade day on other days, and it's just really cool to see what they'll do after this.

Alice Lema: That is, it's very impressive. And we've got lots more to talk about, Josie Malloy President, CEO of Grants Pass, Chamber of Commerce we have to take a quick break, but you do not wanna miss a word of this. [00:16:00] We're gratefully brought to you by John L. Scott, Ashlyn and Medford, Guy Giles Mutual Mortgage, and our local Rogue Valley Association realtors. Will be right back.

Welcome back to the Real Estate Show folks. We're talking to Josie Malloy, Grant's Pass Chamber of Commerce, president and c e o and before the break we were talking about one of the entrepreneur, young entrepreneur programs that they have that's very successful called Lemonade Day, and junior high Kids and Younger can participate and you had over 200. Children work in this program in 2021. Is that what it was?

Josie Molloy: Well, in 2022 we had 2022.

Alice Lema: Yep. Yeah. And so, and is, and you're gonna have that program again for 2023?

Josie Molloy: Yes. We're booking to have it for the foreseeable future and continue to grow it. So we'll open it [00:17:00] up and we're guessing we'll hit 300 or more kids this year, and it's, it's free and open to any child business.

Alice Lema: Oh, that's even better. So to have more community support for the Lemonade day. How would, like, if somebody wanted to donate their time or money, how would they do that to a specific program that the Grants Pass Chamber is providing

Josie Molloy: Yeah, so we have different sponsorship levels that any business or individual they want to can donate to. And then of course you get some marketing. We put all of our sponsors on the back of the T-shirts each kid wears. Yeah. And then they of course get to take it home with them and we, we have lots of volunteers. We actually have a committee that helps us run this program.

And we partner with the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA yeah, cuz they kind of helped us build the program [00:18:00] and they actually, the Y M C A, it's part of their summer classes that they include it in.

Alice Lema: So is that what it is? Is this young entrepreneur project during the summer? It's not during the school year.

Josie Molloy: Yeah. So we try to do it, we usually open up registration in May. And then the program doesn't start till June and then the actual day they sell their lemonade is August 4th, but they receive little lesson packets and they can do it whenever they have time throughout the summer. And a lot of times it's just, you know, family sitting around having dinner hanging out, and they can talk about the different lessons and go through it on their own time.

All you have to do is just have some type of mentor to help you with the lessons. And we are looking at also adding some virtual classes that kids can tune into and there's, I think [00:19:00] there's four different lessons. Each of them is 30 minutes. And then we also have a resource fair. So kids come in they grab their t-shirts, their workbooks.

Then we have different booths like we brought in Human being. They talked about creating your product. Yeah. And we brought in the small business development center and they talked about building your business plan. And then we also had a bank come in and a Northwest Community Credit Union.

They talked about counting money, how to build your budget, very important. And then of course, our own ambassadors, which is our kind of welcome greeting committee. They talked about customer service, how to interact with customer. And, you know, all these are life lessons that, and skills that they'll use no matter what they do later in life.

Alice Lema: Well, how amazing for a young person to have that [00:20:00] experience and that knowledge very, very exciting. So that's the lemonade, lemonade. Lemonade Day, . Let's talk about your young Professionals program. What's going on with that?

Josie Molloy: Yeah, so this is also fairly new to Grants Pass. We started about four years ago because we realized that lots of our young professionals, they're either they stayed here or they're moving back with their families, and we really wanted to create this program because they're gonna be our leaders in our community. So they hold luncheons they do professional development classes, they have socials and it's all geared around 21 to 45. So we'd give them different opportunities to also meet other business owners. We did a community service project with the Josephine County [00:21:00] Food Bank.

Yeah. They went out and worked in the warehouse, helped in the garden, and then at the end we had a social out at the farm. And you know, it's really just providing networking opportunities, professional development, growth, and you know, finance and friends your own age.

Alice Lema: Because that is kind of a complaint in that age group. They've, they've, do you hear that? They feel a little isolated sometimes.

Josie Molloy: They do, and we realize that they really don't have lots of opportunities and this was just one way, kind of targeted around business community of providing that avenue for them. And, you know, it's, it's also free open to any young professional.

You don't have to attend every single one of 'em. Just pick and choose what you are interested in and, you know, come and join us. All of it's found on our website, [00:22:00] And we encourage anyone interested to show up, you know, we would love to have you.

Alice Lema: That's wonderful. That's wonderful. We're gonna put the word out to our young real estate agents in both counties because we do hear that from them. They feel like they're kind of an island. Which is true. You know, sometimes that's actually how it is.

Josie Molloy: It is. And you know, this is just a fun way to meet people.

Alice Lema: Meet people your own age that are business oriented and community service oriented. I hear that you're doing a lot of that community service work with all these different programs. There's a community service component.

Josie Molloy: Yeah. In everything we do, we always encourage any committee we have, any program to give back to our community.

Alice Lema: So the food bank was worked with the young professional program, the Lemonade Day was [00:23:00] working donating to.

Josie Molloy: So those ones, we actually encourage them to pick a nonprofit of their choice. Yeah. So we had one kid actually donated everything to the Women's Crisis Center. A lot of them chose animal shelters or the Rogue community organization. One of 'em did the Active Club, which helped different youth in our community.

So we kind of encouraged them. We gave them a list of different nonprofits in Josephine County and then encouraged them to do some research. And choose which one they wanted to support.

Alice Lema: Well, you know what's really interesting because all of this is so positive and optimistic, what we're talking about, and it's really true, it's really happening. This is authentic, but it's coming at a time when the general economy, we're not getting a lot of positive vibes. So how do you help [00:24:00] keep the local businesses and young people that are working through this, how do you keep them informed and on track where they're not getting scared and stopping their business activity cuz they think, you know, the sky is falling. Yes, it might be, but we don't know.

Josie Molloy: Yeah, exactly. That's the scary part, the unknown. You know, so we provide all different resources and we work with a lot of different partners. We work with the city economic development partner team. We work with our downtown merchants, and it's mostly just providing them resources, whether it's grants that are coming up, different funding opportunities, but also education.

Upcoming we're partnering with B B S I on an employment law class that they're providing. Cuz that's also a concern. The different human resources things that [00:25:00] change.

Alice Lema: Is that specifically like labor? Are you talk worried about labor?

Josie Molloy: Yeah. So it talks a lot about it.

Alice Lema: Good, I'm glad you're talking about it.

Josie Molloy: Yeah. Yeah. Cuz you know, especially small businesses that, one, they don't have a, a human resources specialist on site with them. So we per tried to provide all those different tools and if the Chamber of Commerce can't help you, we know someone that can. So it's mostly, you know, we get lots of calls, locals, people relocating, just, you know, looking for information and we're that hub that connects them to whatever resource they need.

And we always value ourselves on providing current and accurate information immediately, just so our businesses, cuz they don't have time to do all this research and find it themselves. So that's kind of what we're known for, is deemed that hub and [00:26:00] providing those resources and helping any business, even if they're not a member of the chamber, helping them.

Alice Lema: Yeah, I think that's really gracious and brilliant on your part. Yeah. We're talking to Josie Malloy, Grant's Pass Chamber of Commerce, president and C E O. Josie, one of the things we were just talking about, or you mentioned was the downtown area. You have a fabulous downtown in Grant's Pass. What's happening with that?

Josie Molloy: So we do, we have a really great downtown and I would say some of the best restaurants and shopping out there. So our downtown merchants, we do have a monthly meeting the Chamber of Commerce, our visit Grant's, Pass organization and the city economic development team. We meet monthly. Talking about, you know, different ways to improve downtown, but also just getting all the merchants together so [00:27:00] we can be a team to continue, you know, to have a beautiful downtown. A a big thing that they're pushing is their first Fridays.

Alice Lema: Oh, good, good, good.

Josie Molloy: They're back and they're kicking it off in March the whole downtown comes alive. They have different discounts, lots of them have different samples, and sometimes they bring in different entertainment. And it's just a fun time to come down on a Friday night. Everyone stays open late and, you know, we're just pushing to continue for the downtown to be successful.

Alice Lema: So that's gonna be starting again the first Friday of March, 2023, which is literally right around the corner. So that's fabulous. How's the parking situation? We only have a minute and a half before our next break. But that's a, that's a problem sometimes.

Josie Molloy: Yeah. You know, the parking is kind of tight downtown, but we [00:28:00] are lucky. There's lots of different, lots. You might have to walk a little bit, but most, you know. We have different city parking lots and it's all free parking. I think people forget that. And other cities you go to, you have to pay to park.

Alice Lema: You have to pay a lot.

Josie Molloy: Yeah. And Grants Pass, you still get a park for free, so

Alice Lema: Yeah, we should, yeah, we should be talking to people about that. It's free parking and you're gonna be walking around anyway cuz it's first Friday. Yes. Yeah. So, you know, I, I've never had a big issue finding a parking spot.

Josie Molloy: So, you know, it's free. Just get there a little earlier and then walk on down and spend the whole evening in.

Alice Lema: Yeah. Yeah. And so you've got music coming back. You've got some art coming back, and the restaurants are flourishing.

Josie Molloy: Yep. We're very lucky. And you know, we're blessed to live here in Josephine [00:29:00] County. We have, yes, it is just beautiful. Yeah, we have the beautiful river and a lot happening, so peace come out and just hang out in Grant's Pass and hit Cape Junction as well.

Alice Lema: Well, we've got to take a quick break. We'll be right back. We're talking to Josie Malloy. Grant's Pass, Chambers, CEO and President. Don't touch that dial. You're gonna miss a lot if you do talk to you in a minute.

Well, hi, Southern Oregon and welcome back to the Real Estate Show. We're talking to Josie Malloy, Grant's Pass Chamber president and CEO. And just a quick reminder, this will be aired again tomorrow. You can listen to Josie Malloy Grant's Pass Chamber Tomorrow, the same station at. 6:00 PM.

So Josie, we were talking about downtown and some of the activities that are gonna be coming back and you've got your first Friday. Mm-hmm. starting in March, so that's super exciting. [00:30:00] What about the big Boatnic Project. How's that going? Because you guys are famous for that.

Josie Molloy: Yeah, so Boatnic is actually not our program. It's the active club. So it is a huge group of individuals that come together and put on an amazing show. The parade, you go down to Riverside Park. They're bringing two concerts this year.

Alice Lema: Oh, are they?

Josie Molloy: Yeah. So, and of course the fireworks, and we work with the active club on different projects, but Boatnic is their entire production. We just help advertise it for them.

Alice Lema: Well, that's, that's a wonderful collaboration. What other events are you gonna be having back on this?

Josie Molloy: Well, so we are bringing business after hours back. They're gonna be quarterly, so we're kicking it [00:31:00] off with Banner Bank on March 9th from five to 7:00 PM. These are great because not, we have the greeters meetings that are every Wednesday at 8:00 AM weekly, and we like to have business after hours as well, because you know, for people that maybe can't come in the morning. They can do an early evening event. It's much more informal. You come and go as you want.

There's free appetizers and drinks. And another great opportunity to just hang out and network with people. And we have people from Josephine County and Jackson County come over ovrer for these. So they're free open to everyone and we would love to have you join us.

Alice Lema: Yes, absolutely. I'm excited. The after hours would be perfect. In the few minutes we have left, let's talk about the Young Professionals [00:32:00] program again, because I wanted to kind of help invite any of the younger professionals. Can you remind us what the age groups are again and when they meet?

Josie Molloy: Yeah, so it's really targeting 21 to 45. But if you're outside those ages and you still wanna join, we would still love to have you.

Alice Lema: You won't shut 'em out.

Josie Molloy: No, and we won't Id you at the door . And, you know, we've done a lot of fun things with that group. We had one social at Steam Distillery downtown. We talked about their back room and the production phase, and they're fairly new company, so they talked about what it took to get it up and rolling.

And you know, we're just helping people may, they're starting out in their careers. They just moved to Grants Pass or they moved and came back and just helping provide that connection piece. [00:33:00] And another thing I forgot to mention is we also partnered with Salvation Army. So we know that Bell ringing with them during the Christmas and you know, they also partner with Lemonade Day too.

Alice Lema: Oh, that's nice. That's great. Yeah, this is super exciting. What a great year we're gonna have.

Josie Molloy: Yeah, and I would just say, you know, the Chamber sometime is known for just working with already established businesses and individuals. But we're really trying to reach out and work with youth in the younger generation to get them involved in the business community and open up what it looks like to be an entrepreneur.

Alice Lema: Mm-hmm. , I'm curious just about the digital jobs and the digital businesses. Do you have very many of those starting up in, in Josephine?

Josie Molloy: So we have a few, and [00:34:00] we do have a lot of remote workers they chose to use. So, you know, they can live in a beautiful spot and work for a company that's not even in Josephine County or have clients all across the US.

So you know, the possibilities are in endless now. So much online and digital and all the different things you can do from even your home.

Well, and it sounds like you're getting phone calls from people that want to look into moving to Josephine County. Is that what I understand? Yeah, so technically we also have the visitor center for Josephine County for off of I five. So we were, we're usually the first people, people meet when they're moving too Grants Pass. And we even mail out relocation packets still. So we get a lot of people that just wanna know what [00:35:00] does Josephine County have to offer? And we work with them. We answer any type of questions and of course, mail everything they requested about the area.

And of course, we also do our chamber profile, which is an annual magazine. It really dives into the demographics of our area talking about, you know, anything someone wanting to relocate would wanna know about the business community.

Alice Lema: Well, and you also have a fabulous website. Very, very impressive. And I loved the detail of topics that you have on there. And I did kind of browse the demographics. And the medium age in Josephine County is 46. And that was shocking because we all think your area is more of a retirement place.

Josie Molloy: Yeah. And I, I mean, we are known for being a retirement community. We have lots of people relocate here [00:36:00] after they're, you know, have retired. But we're also seeing a lot of young people move back here because it is such a great place to live and raise a family. Yeah. It's very family friendly. You know, we still have the small town feel. Yeah. So you, you go out, you bump into lots of people. You meet, people still wave. You still know your neighbors, and I think lots of people want to move here because of that.

Alice Lema: Well, and people are generally nice. You could just tell when you wanna change lanes. They're just like, okay, go ahead. Go ahead, . Yeah. You just don't get that in every city.

Josie Molloy: Yes. And you know, if you're gonna break down, someone's actually gonna come and help you. They're not just going to drive by.

Alice Lema: Yeah, we're talking to Josie Malloy, the Grants Pass Chamber President and CEO. We just got about a minute and a half left. I still wanna brag on your website. One of the things I thought was really amazing was the business resources. You have all [00:37:00] kinds of business resources for people to use.

Josie Molloy: We do, and we just updated that website. I guess it's been two years now. But yeah, we try to put any type of resource we think people would like and we're also really well known for our community calendar. So it comes

Alice Lema: I saw that. Wow. The community calendar. Yeah. Folks, check that out.

Josie Molloy: Anything and everything happening in Josephine County is on that calendar. And then if someone has an event they wanna promote, we let people post it for free.

Alice Lema: Oh, can you do that? That's great.

Josie Molloy: So anything you have coming up, just go there. There's a little mark at the top. Just hit the plus sign and you can add it. And you know, that's, we try to get everyone involved because, we care about our community and we want people to have a good experience in Josephine County.

Alice Lema: And it really shows Josie Malloy Grants Pass [00:38:00] Chamber president and CEO if somebody wants to call the chamber, what's the number?

Josie Molloy: It is 541-476-7717. And I mean, you can call us for anything. We'll answer.

Alice Lema: Thanks Josie. Have a beautiful Southern Oregon weekend folks. Bye now.

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