The objective of the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Program is to:
Through these efforts we will provide added value to our membership.
The Skamania County Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization. We do not endorse political parties or candidates. The Chamber’s advocacy work is focused on initiatives concerning land use, transportation, economic development, education & workforce, taxation, and rural vitality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.