SALEM, Ore. — Cooper Whitman is assuming the role of regional business manager for Pacific Power in the North Santiam Canyon and several Willamette Valley communities
Whitman, who lives in Lebanon, has been involved in mid-valley economic development for several years and looks to continue that work in his new job. In this role he will maintain the company’s relationships in his communities of responsibility as well as manage the accounts of Pacific Power’s large commercial and industrial customers in the area.
While serving as economic development specialist at Marion County, Whitman focused on streamlining economic development efforts and processes for rural communities. Before that, he was president and CEO of the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce.
“Every community wants a livable present and sustainable future,” Whitman said. “I look forward to supporting local leadership in these communities as they continue to define what economic development looks like for their town. Every town has a different feel, but electricity is always an essential piece supporting community growth and stability. I am committed to better understanding these communities’ concerns surrounding economic development and energy issues so that we can become stronger together.”
“I have been introducing Cooper to customers and community leaders over the last few months to ease with the transition,” said Alan Meyer, who has served as Pacific Power’s main contact with customers in the mid valley and canyon areas for over a decade as well as overseeing other regional business managers. “I am completely confident that Cooper will take great care of our canyon and valley customers and communities and while I will miss the many great folks that I’ve met, this new move will allow me to concentrate on my expanded responsibilities as well as serve as the regional business manager for our communities in Josephine County.”
Pacific Power serves over 100,000 customers in the canyon and mid-valley areas. Whitman will be the main source of contact for local government, community and business organizations in Aumsville, Brownsville, Coburg, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Jefferson, Junction City, Lebanon, Mill City, Monroe, Scio, Stayton and Sweet Home. Celeste Kruger will continue to serve the communities in Benton and western Linn County as Regional Business Manager.