December 21, 2015
2015 Year in Review

Statewide AWB - Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance Created, Takes Root with 52 Members

AWB and 38 local chambers of commerce from throughout the state came together to form a new Grassroots Alliance geared at being community and statewide voices on key issues. It was formalized at the annual AWB Legislative Summit in Olympia Jan. 27. The Alliance has since grown to 52 chambers.

As a group, Grassroots Alliance participants chose three key issues to focus on in the 2015 legislative session: Education and workforce development, transportation infrastructure investments, and the minimum wage. As a team, AWB provided information and updates, through issue briefs and weekly conference calls during the legislative session. In turn, Alliance partners will provide unique voices among the chamber members to speak at hearings, contact lawmakers and interact with local media.

Rich Hadley, the former CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, led the effort for AWB, meeting with chamber leaders throughout the state to build support for the alliance.

The success of this endeavor was evident in the efforts the chambers made to assist AWB with advocating on behalf of the first transportation funding and reform package in a decade. Chamber leaders and their members came to Olympia to testify and shared their support on social media using graphics and messages AWB created.

Read more about the Alliance in the Spring 2015 Washington Business magazine.

The Alliance is in the process of choosing its issue areas for 2016. If your chamber would like to learn more about or join the Grassroots Alliance, contact AWB Communications Manager Bobbi Cussins.

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2015 in Videos

Legislative Summit

Opportunity Washington

State of Manufacturing tour

Leadership Washington Class of 2015

Spring Meeting

Regional Meetings

Remembering Tom Fritz

Policy Summit

Opportunity Score

Manufacturing Summit

Lighting of the Holiday Kids' Tree