The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is working on your behalf at the city, county, state and federal levels. We are a community partner, seeking to create partnerships and coalitions around issues we care about, from transportation to education to the environment.

Thurston Chamber Supports Balanced School Calendar

by David Schaffert, President/CEO, Thurston County Chamber and Doug Mah, Doug Mah & Associates, Thurston Chamber Public Policy Director The Thurston Chamber is no stranger to advancing initiatives that support high-quality public-school systems and student success. Our engagement in regional education and workforce development are integral components of the Chamber’s mission. In addition, the Thurston…

Vote YES on School Replacement Levies

by Doug Mah, Doug Mah & Associates, Thurston Chamber Public Policy Director The Thurston County Chamber supports and endorses four Thurston County public school replacement technology and capital facilities levies on the February 8, 2022 ballot. This February, the voters in the Olympia, Tumwater, Tenino, and Griffin school districts will be asked to approve “replacement…

Thurston County Chamber Board of Trustees Endorses Local School Replacement Levies

At their regular monthly board meeting, the Thurston County Chamber Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed approval of four Thurston County public school replacement technology and capital facilities levies on the February 8, 2022, ballot. This February, the voters in the Olympia, Tumwater, Tenino, and Griffin school districts will be asked to approve “replacement levies”. These…

Facing Up To Chronic Homelessness

by Doug Mah, Doug Mah & Associates, Public Policy Director for the Thurston County Chamber Homelessness is one of the greatest challenges facing our community. For this reason, the Thurston Chamber, Public Policy Division believes that focusing on chronic homelessness may be the best plan for our community.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban…

Local Political Campaigns Heat Up

by Doug Mah, Doug Mah & Associates, Public Policy Director for the Thurston County Chamber Summer weather brings out visits to area parks, sunny BBQ picnics, and political candidates. Those interested in running and serving in local elected office had to register by May 21. With the races set, summer becomes prime political campaign window…

What do you think about trees in Tumwater?

The City of Tumwater is developing a comprehensive Urban Forestry Management Plan to guide the maintenance, management, and improvement of the urban forest in the City for the benefit of the entire community. The information needed to prepare this Plan will come from multiple sources, including public meetings, inventories, and surveys. What do you think…