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Dear OMPA members, partners, advertisers and listers,

Fall is a time of transformation, and we’re embracing that here at OMPA. We’re revamping our membership/listing options, redoing our website, reimagining our logo, and rethinking the print directory. Yes, things are changing! But don’t worry, it’s all for the best as we evolve to meet the needs of the community and focus on creating the best business environment for our members to work in. 

We are grateful for so much valuable community input as we’ve worked over the last few months on these various efforts and we’re excited to share the progress of all this work.

 New Website in Development 

It’s finally happening! We’re developing a single destination to find information, professionals, and advocacy actions. The new ompa.org will be a modern, seamless, easy-to-use online platform on par with the quality of creatives we represent. The new site will have more opportunities for exposure, making you easier to find for work. Fresh and relevant content about what’s going on in your industry will keep you connected to the broader community. It will be a tool that truly showcases all our community has to offer to productions and businesses. Other highlights include:

  1. Manage your listing and membership in the same place with a single login

  2. More information and search capabilities in the professional directory 

  3. More ways to engage with our advocacy efforts

The website is in development right now and we look forward to launching in January 2020. If you haven’t yet shared your feedback, now is the time. Send any and all ideas to lisa@ompa.org for consideration. 

 No 2020 Print Directory 

Last year we produced a landmark edition of SourceOregon that represents the local industry very well. It took four months and a solid chunk of change to create. This year we’re shifting that time and money to developing an amazing new website. We will not be producing a physical SourceOregon book for 2020. However, we will continue to get the 2019 one into the right hands including business leaders, legislators, producers, and members. 

So, what does that mean for your listing that you normally renew this time of year? Your current listing will stay active through the end of the year and you can always update it in the meantime. Beyond that, stay tuned. 

 Revamped Membership Tiers 

We know that about 9 out of 10 people are confused about the difference between membership and listing. We hear you, and we’re fixing it by making them one in the same. Anyone listed in the SourceOregon directory will be considered a member of OMPA. The same goes for employees of a company—you’re all included. Two other very exciting changes:

  • Free listings: We’re going to offer free basic listings so the directory can be as comprehensive as possible. Professionals will still be vetted to ensure that it remains a high quality resource.

  • More categories: For our paying members, you’ll now be able to display up to seven categories on your listing. And all the extras are included: images, description, links, and even more that we’re adding.

 Ongoing Strategic Plan 

All of these changes feed into the strategic plan that has been formed this year through board input and dozens of meetings with members. Having a plan helps us prioritize the best ways to build and sustain a strong business environment for media production professionals. The goals we’ve defined for the next 2-3 years are:

  1. Showcase our members within this community of professionals, to the business community at large, potential clients, and a national and international audience

  2. Advocate for production-friendly policies from the city to the state level 

  3. Serve as your link to the broader production community through relevant, timely information and opportunities for meaningful connections

  4. Support a statewide, comprehensive, and diverse membership

At the same time, we want to ensure we’re effectively communicating OMPA’s unique role in the community while building our organization’s capacity.

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We hope you’re as excited about these changes as we are! Know that we’re here to answer your questions and listen to feedback. This is just the first announcement and we will continue sending more detailed messages as things move along. 

Thank you all for your input and ongoing support of OMPA’s efforts. Your membership makes our work possible and helps strengthen Oregon’s media production ecosystem.  

Sincerely,

Lisa Cicala
Executive Director, OMPA

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