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The objective of the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Program is to:
  • Advocate for policies that support business growth and development and promote a business friendly environment
  • Advocate for stable and sustainable funding for Skamania County and against unfunded mandates
  • Bring an awareness of the needs of our rural community and support the thoughtful planning of our rural and urban areas
  • Educate our members on new legislation and policies

Through these efforts we will provide added value to our membership.

The Chamber’s advocacy work is focused on initiatives concerning land use, transportation, economic development, education and workforce training, taxation, and rural vitality.
LAND USE
The Chamber supports ensuring a balance of commercial, industrial and public land be available for development, commerce and recreational activities. We encourage federal, state and local governments to create incentives for economic development, streamline permit processes in order to support consistent and reasonable applications of land use laws, and reduce barriers to development within the urban boundaries of Skamania County.
TRANSPORTATION
The Chamber supports continuous investment in a modern, safe and reliable transportation system that supports the efficient movement of people, products and goods. Transportation is vital to a healthy business climate and promotes economic development.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Chamber will advocate for legislation and regulation that enhances and encourages sustainable and thoughtful economic development. The Chamber will work to ensure the resources, technical assistance and programs needed to support and strengthen new and existing businesses will be available. The Chamber is opposed to legislation or regulation that hinders economic expansion.
EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE
The Chamber recognizes the essential role education plays in a region’s economic success. The Chamber advocates for adequate funding and responsible spending in education; supports investment in collaborative business/education partnerships that work to provide a stable and skilled workforce, and strives to maintain a strong and vibrant relationship with our region’s public school districts and systems of higher education.
TAXATION
Taxes should be levied only for the purpose of supporting essential government services and infrastructure while minimizing detrimental effects on economic vitality. Careful consideration should be given to the relationship of federal, state, regional and local tax assessments in order to promote and sustain economic growth.
RURAL VITALITY
In order to have a healthy and productive community, the Chamber will advocate for policies and programs that support diverse cultural, educational and economic opportunities, essential infrastructure including broadband, equitable access to services, sustainable resource management, and positive community capacity.
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