On Jan. 1, 2017, the Greater Oregon, Oregon Capital and Portland Metro chapters of PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) will merge into one statewide chapter, serving more than 300 communications professionals throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The merger presents members with several benefits, including broader program offerings, seamless networking across the state, and higher quality programming. In addition, the merger allows PRSA to serve members across Oregon and Southwest Washington in a way that is more sustainable and effective over time. 2017 President Colby Reade, APR, and President-Elect Julie Williams, APR, will lead the new Oregon chapter.
“This is an incredible opportunity for us to help elevate the public relations and communications profession across Oregon and Southwest Washington,” says Reade. “While we have always collaborated between chapters, this merger makes it far easier for us to provide a wider array of professional development programming, a deeper collection of resources and a broader network of connections to our members and the PR community in general.”
Discussions surrounding the merger began in 2015 amongst all three chapters. In August, members from each chapter voted on the change. The proposal was met with overwhelmingly positive feedback as 93 percent of those who voted were in favor of the merger.
Stay tuned for more details about PRSA Oregon in 2017!