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Thursday, January 29

AWB Launches Statewide Grassroots Alliance

Local chamber of commerce participants will be voices on policy issues, share impacts of legislative proposals with their communities and the state

OLYMPIA — This week, the Association of Washington Business (AWB) and 36 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.

As a group, the 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 diverse association, we’ve always had ties to local chambers of commerce, but this allows us to take the next step to strategically engage them and their membership to communicate with legislators, local officials and state agencies on the issues that matter most to their communities and employers,” said AWB President Kris Johnson, who recognized Grassroots Alliance participants at the Legislative Summit.

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.

Local Chamber Grassroots Alliance members include:

  • Anacortes Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Washington Business
  • Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
  • Bellingham Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce
  • Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce
  • Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
  • Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.
  • Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce
  • Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce
  • Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce
  • Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce
  • Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce
  • Moses Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce
  • Pasco Chamber of Commerce
  • Pullman Chamber of Commerce
  • Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Skagit Business Alliance
  • Economic Alliance of Snohomish County
  • Greater Spokane Incorporated
  • Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Tacoma Pierce Chamber of Commerce
  • Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
  • Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • West Plains Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,300 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.

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