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Mission statement

OCZMA serves local elected officials on the Oregon Coast.  OCZMA is a clearinghouse of objective information on issues relating to the Oregon Coast—this information is then shared with the state and federal government.  OCZMA conducts studies on the Oregon Coast's economy and carries out applied research to improve the standard of living in the region.  Through our extensive network of local government officials and many other partners, OCZMA gives voice to the concerns and needs of coastal residents.


Working with State & Congressional Legislators

On a regular basis OCZMA staff works closely with state and federal legislators and their staffs. This is a critically important activity that OCZMA performs for coastal governments and residents.

A Natural Alliance—A natural alliance exists between local government officials, state legislators and members of Congress. Legislators (state and federal) and the local elected officials stand for election and represent the same constituents. And, OCZMA and OCZMA members and the legislators regularly engage the same state and federal agencies on behalf of their coastal residents. When all of us are united together on a coastal issue—at the local, state, federal level—good things happen for the Oregon Coast.

Working with State Legislators
During each biennial session, as well as during the interim, OCZMA works with members of the Oregon Legislature on coastal issues. [more]

Working with Congress
OCZMA Director Onno Husing travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress, their staffs, and other significant committee staff on Capitol Hill on issues of coastal concern as needed. [more]


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