THURSTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The State of the community Report Elected officials report to the community our successes, challenges and future work
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PUBLISHER Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
EDITORIAL Editor: David Schaffert Phone: (360) 357-3362 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The State of the Community Address
CONTRIBUTORS David Schaffert Doug Mah Dinea Norrell
ADVERTISING Sales and Marketing: Krystal Barkus Blake Knoblauch
n Wednesday, January 9, Tumwater Mayor Peter Kmet, Yelm Mayor JW Foster, Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby, Lacey Mayor
Andy Ryder and Thurston County District 1 Commissioner, John Hutchings will collectively present a State of the Community Address.
Every year, leaders from the community
for general admission, $25 for prepaid
share their perspectives on current
Chamber members, and $30 for
issues and future prospects. Leaders
members at the door.
Phone: (360) 357-3362
will illustrate the important steps and
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investments made this past year to grow
When: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
our local economy and promote new
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where:
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This is an opportunity to engage business and community leaders in a one-on-one
Reservations for the State of the
Community Forum are strongly advised.
CONTACT THE CHAMBER
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Chamber at 360.357.3362 to make yours.
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Every month, the Thurston County Chamber offers several networking events, forums and workshops to the community. Here are some highlights you won't want to miss.
Thurston Young Professionals After Hours Join Thurston Young Professionals (TYP) on Thursday, January 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Hands On Children's Museum. Enjoy a selection of beverages and snacks, meet with other Young Professionals (21-35 year olds) and expand your
In This Issue...
7 Looking to Shift Gears
network. Where: Hands On Children's Museum, 414 Jefferson St NE,
I-5 planning continues to dominate
Olympia, WA 98501.
regional public policy efforts.
Forum: State of the Community Address
Leaders from Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm and Thurston County will share
State of the Community
their perspectives on current issues and future prospects for their communities. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
Leaders from Lacey, Olympia,
includes a lunch buffet. Reservations are strongly encouraged. To make a
Tumwater, Yelm and Thurston
reservation, register online at thurstonchamber.com or call the Chamber at
County share updates on the status
(360) 357-3362. When: Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Buffet-style lunch begins
of the communities they serve.
at 11:45 a.m. Program begins at 12:00 p.m. Where: Hotel RL Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502. What: Forum includes lunch. $35 for general admission, $25 for prepaid Chamber members, $30 for
members at the door.
Nancie Payne Award
Business After Hours at First American Title
Thurston Chamber recently
Join the Thurston County Chamber on Thursday, January 17, at 5:30 p.m. for
received the Nancie Payne Award.
Hours is a free networking event. Hosts provide light appetizers and beverages,
games and raffles. This is a great chance to learn about a local organization
Big Fun at Little Creek
Business After Hours at First American Title Insurance Company. Business After
and expand your network. Where: First American Title Insurance Company, 300 Deschutes Way Suite #210, Tumwater, WA 98501.
There's tons of BIG fun to be had at Little Creek Casino. It's easy
Save the Date! Distinguished Leaders Awards
to get to, but hard to leave!
Save the Date for the 18thÂ annual Distinguished Leaders Awards celebration, Thursday, January 17 at 5:30 p.m., at Hotel RL in Olympia. The evening begins with a reception and dinner at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. For further information, to make a reservation or for partnership opportunities, contact Alisha Blain at 360.357.8515 or email LTC@ThurstonChamber.com.
Thank you Sponsors!
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I-5 Planning Continues to Dominate Regional Public Policy Efforts
By Doug Mah, Doug Mah & Associates and Thurston Chamber's Public Policy Division Director
The greater Thurston County Shared
complete this summer and enables us to move to the NEPA/
Legislative Partnership is advancing
Interstate 5 planning and analysis as a top priority for the 2019 legislative session and
Who is helping? We thank WSDOT, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, and the
seeks $4.5 million for the next planning phase.
Thurston Regional Planning Council. They leveraged the
The region requests funds for National and
initial 2018 supplemental budget investment into $2 million
State Environmental Policy Act (NEPA/SEPA) analysis of mid and long-term action on
worth of planning work and short-term congestion strategies (ramp meters at southbound I-5 on ramps). The leveraged funds resulted in greater progress than was originally
the I-5 corridor from Tumwater to Dupont.
expected and moves us closer to NEPA/SEPA analysis.
Whatâ€™s been done so far?
Last year we secured funding in the 2018 supplemental
Momentum for this critical planning work must be
transportation budget for the Washington State Department
sustained. The NEPA/SEPA analysis will help refine 10-year
of Transportation (WSDOT) to begin a corridor study for
and 20-year actions. It will evaluate potential beneficial
I-5 between Tumwater and DuPont. The study will develop
and adverse impacts to prepare the region and State for
mid- and long-term strategies and identify potential US
implementation activities. The next phase, if funded, aligns
101/I-5 interchange improvements, a strategic plan for the
with WSDOTâ€™s broader planning for I-5 from Marysville
Nisqually River bridges, regional congestion relief options,
through Tumwater. It provides an excellent test case
and ecosystem benefits to the Nisqually River estuary for
for moving beyond planning to program and project
salmon productivity and flood control. This work will be
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Why is this important? I-5 congestion through the Thurston region continues to worsen. The County’s population is projected to grow nearly 48 percent between 2015 and 2040. We need to begin preparing for that growth today. Also, currently 30 percent
Members of the Thurston Legislative Delegation, including Representatives Wilcox, Barkis, Orcutt, DeBolt, Dolan, Doglio, Griffey, and MacEwan and Senators Becker, Braun, Hunt, and Sheldon have taken a strong interest in this issue.
of the JBLM workforce lives in Thurston County and crosses
the Nisqually River estuary every day. I-5 and the Nisqually
The Shared Legislative Partnership, established by the cities
River bridges are critical to state mobility, economic vitality,
of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Thurston County, Port
and national security.
of Olympia, Thurston Regional Planning Council, Thurston County Economic Development Council, South Puget Sound
What’s at stake?
Community College and the Thurston County Chamber of
When the Chehalis River flooded I-5 with 10 feet of
Commerce, will continue to work with the delegation during
water, the interstate was closed for a week. Later the
the 2019 legislative session on I-5 planning. To find out
transportation department released a report that estimated
how you can assist with this effort, please contact
the total cost of closure and delays to be in the tens of
Doug Mah, with the Chamber’s Public Policy Division
millions of dollars. We cannot afford to let a failure to plan
have negative consequences for the region and state.
Who are our champions?
About the Shared Legislative Partnership The Partnership advocates on common interests to maintain
The $4.5 million request is crucial to address congestion
the region’s economic vitality and generate opportunities
along this corridor, minimize risk from potential floods,
that enhance the quality of life for residents in the Thurston
restore salmon habitat and support our national defense.
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The State of The Community Elected officials from Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm and Thurston County report to the community their successes, accomplishments and status of their ongoing work. From left to right: Thurston County District 1 Commissioner, John Hutchings; Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby; Yelm Mayor JW Foster; Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder; Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet. Photo by Dinea DePhoto.
or the State of the Community Report, we asked elected officials from Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, and Thurston County, three questions â€“ What is your community celebrating? What challenges does your
community face? What is your community doing to encourage job growth and economic development? What follows is answers to these questions, written by representatives from each municipality. Take some time to read this report, and then attend Forum on January 9 where we'll dive deeper into some of the successes, challenges and opportunities highlighted here. thurstonchamber.com
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The City of Lacey's Report Lacey's Challenges Lacey and its urban growth area have some of the highest densities of urban septic systems in Thurston County. Studies show that these septic systems have a negative impact on local bodies of water, aquifers, and the Puget Sound. The City is committed to converting and connecting these systems; however, initial estimates City of Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder
Lacey's Celebrating The generosity of our community supporting three amazing local projects: the Lacey Food Bank, the Lacey Veteran Services Hub, and the Lacey Makerspace. Each of these projects have benefited from thousands of volunteer hours and tens of thousands of local fundraising dollars and supplies. The Lacey Food Bank will be a critical resource to many of Lacey’s residents, including thousands of underprivileged children.
put the total cost of remediation at $300 million. As a Council, we are confident we will find a manageable solution. During the last election, the Lacey City Council put forth a ballot measure for a metropolitan parks district. The proposed district would have provided a sustainable funding method for the City in developing and maintaining Lacey’s beautiful park system. Unfortunately, the measure did not pass, and now the City is faced with finding a new path forward that will provide our community with accessible and well-developed parks.
How Lacey is Encouraging Job Growth The City of Lacey prides itself with being business friendly. This is evident from the exceptional amount of growth occurring in northeast Lacey, as well as the continued development of the Woodland District. We are thrilled that employers like Uline, Ryan Properties, South Sound Behavioral Hospital, and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission are bringing and creating hundreds of new, family-wage jobs in Lacey. These employers and many others are providing exciting and rewarding employment opportunities for our City’s residents. To ensure sustained job growth in Lacey, we continue to promote local programs like LocationLocationLacey.com, a valuable website providing potential employers with tools
The Veterans Hub began a daily
and resources; the Lacey B&O Tax
van shuttle program to the
Exemption Program, which gives
American Lake VA Medical Center
new startups a tax break during
completely staffed by volunteers.
the critical first three years of business; and the Lacey Strategic
The Lacey Makerspace broke
Investment Fund, a resource
ground in September 2018, and
providing investments into
we look forward to the modern
workforce training and technology,
resources it will provide to local
as well as fostering a local
students and entrepreneurs.
environment of entrepreneurism.
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The City of Olympia's Report once they could see that it wasn’t an “either/or” option. It became a “yes/and” outcome. Rare in politics these days!
Olympia's Challenges We continue to struggle with an effective response to homelessness. The population downtown exploded this late summer and we were hamstrung by the September ruling from the 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals. That ruling makes it problematic to move encampments off city property
I would say that successfully
unless we can offer alternative
passing the Public Safety and
City of Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby
How Olympia is Encouraging Job Growth We continue to move ahead in this
Home Fund ballot measures within 3 months of each other was pretty
The good news is that we now
area after adding our very first
have a full-time homeless program
economic development director
coordinator, a full-time Home
position in 2016.
A big factor of our success was
Fund program director and staff
that even though they addressed
has been re-allocated to provide
In 2017 Mike Reid took over that
different community needs, we
an “all hands on deck” approach to
position but has had his plate full
were able to show they were
addressing land use issues around our homeless crisis. My hope is
complementary to each other and A continuing challenge is telling
that in 2019 he’ll be able to block
our story to constituents in a real
out more time to do outreach to
Advocates for both measures
time manner as the situation is
our business community and get
showed amazing cooperation
us back on track for job growth.
actually designed to work together.
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The City of Tumwater's Report Tumwater's Challenges As community leaders, we want Tumwater to be a city for all
How Tumwater is Encouraging Job Growth
people. We are identifying how to
Spuds Market and Tart Hard Cider
best meet the needs of those at risk
are the newest tenants at the
of or experiencing homelessness,
Tumwater Warehouse District –
preventing homelessness, and
a destination for craft beer,
expanding the availability of
spirits, cider, food and more.
affordable housing in Tumwater. The Craft District project is the
City of Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet
Tumwater's Celebrating We are grateful Tumwater voters supported the creation of a Metropolitan Park District. Revenue from this measure will help maintain and improve our current parks and facilities, enhance recreational programs, build new neighborhood parks, and ultimately build a community center. We are celebrating completion of the Desoto Street rehabilitation project to replace the failing road
Bush Prairie is home to the
future home of SPSCC’s Craft
Olympia sub-species of the
Brewing & Distilling Center,
Mazama Pocket Gopher, a Federal
a distillery, a brewery and a
and State protected species. Work
restaurant – along with nearly
continues to protect this unique
a dozen small craft food and
prairie habitat and protected
beverage purveyors. Look for
wildlife, and support future
significant progress on this
development in the area.
project during the year.
In spite of our efforts, redevelopment
Tumwater worked closely with
of the former brewery properties
Tom Schrader, owner of the
is stagnant. Inadequate security
former Chambers Prairie Grange,
resulted in a 3-alarm fire in one
to redevelop this historic building
building last fall. We continue to
into a new Starbucks. Yea!
work to connect the owners to prospective tenants, or parties
We continue to make significant
that may be interested in
investments in infrastructure,
purchasing this huge complex.
including City-wide pavement
and improve the retaining wall. The new sidewalk and bike lane make this key east-west connector to lower Tumwater Hill a true multimodal connection to that neighborhood. Several community events are planned throughout 2019 to celebrate Tumwater’s sesquicentennial – the 150th
and sidewalk maintenance work; water, sewer and stormwater system upgrades; and a congestion relief project between Israel Road and 73rd on Capitol Boulevard. Planning continues for major reconstruction of the Trosper and Capitol Boulevard intersection, with preliminary work underway and construction beginning in 2020.
anniversary of the town’s incorporation. 14 • January 2019
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The City of Yelm's Report Yelm's Challenges Yelm has become almost too popular for its own good! Convenient location to the County seat and JBLM, combined with competitive housing costs and great schools, has resulted in considerable growth. The population of Yelm proper has tripled over a dozen years, and unincorporated Thurston and Pierce Counties contribute to a service population of more than 45,000. We have a small commercial and industrial base
Yelm's Celebrating We’re celebrating the fact that our little city out on the prairie has come into its own – Yelm has become a destination! Whether you come to bicycle on the Yelm-Tenino trail, visit the newly opened upper Deschutes River Falls park, or enjoy a quality cinema or live theater experience – Yelm is full of surprises. With a small town feel and slower pace, we’re a friendly, safe place and love to entertain visitors from around the region. We’ve become a ‘foodie’ town too, with a great variety of quality restaurants ranging from Asian fusion and classic Mexican, to solid American comfort food. thurstonchamber.com
to support community services and our growth has been limited by constrained water rights and accommodating the endangered species act.
City of Yelm Mayor JW Foster
zoning, Yelm has created a superb location for businesses to start up and thrive. Although the ‘big box’ stores have located in the more densely populated urban core of Thurston County, many mid-sized commercial enterprises are doing well here in Yelm. Our community
The good news is that by working with our legislators and regional partners, we have solutions at hand and the future is bright. We’re still challenged by the limitation of our highway system, but also know that WSDOT is dedicated to solving those issues.
development department is dedicated to working with business owners, from Mom and Pop startups, to established businesses looking to expand into a new, supportive market. We’ve laid out the welcome mat and are enthusiastically marketing our city through partnerships
How Yelm is Encouraging Job Growth
with the Economic Development Council, Experience Olympia & Beyond, and both the Yelm Area Chamber and Thurston County
We’ve always known that if we
build it, they will come. It’s a perfect place to live, work and By developing an excellent
play – all are welcome to become
infrastructure, and with thoughtful
part of the Pride of the Prairie!
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Thurston County's Report Thurston County's Challenges • Developing and implementing a budget that provides services to the citizens, funds constitutionally mandated programs, and ensures fiscal responsibility through maintaining a sustainable and responsible balance in the general fund. Thurston County District 1 Commissioner, John Hutchings
Thurston County is Celebrating • Culvert replacement projects opened more than seven miles of streams to aid in the movement and spawning of native fish, primarily salmon. A $4 million set-aside of REET2 funds will pay for design and replacement of ten culverts over two years, five
• Working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife to finalize a Habitat Conservation Plan spelling out how the County will offset development impacts to the habitat of species protected under the Endangered Species Act that result from building permits issued by the County. Until approved, the County will use a streamlined interim gopher review process to ease the burden on the citizens.
completed in 2018.
How Thurston County is Encouraging Job Growth • The Commissioners collaborated with elected and appointed leaders to update the County’s 2019-2020 strategic plan. The Commissioners aligned the 2019-2020 biennial budget priorities with the strategic goals and objectives, keeping the County focused on its strategic initiatives. The strategic plan includes strategic initiatives for economic growth in the County
• In response to considerable criminal caseloads and
and supports creating local, sustainable jobs.
increasing jail populations, judicial partners adopted
• Making sound policy and budget
the First Look program to
decisions to enhance the local
address criminal behavior by
economy. The 2019-2020 biennial
examining cases independently
budget increases funding for
and proactively assessing
local tourism grants and historic
prosecution goals. Each case
preservation grants to support
represents a unique individual
economic prosperity for citizens
with factors to consider when
and businesses. And in 2019
finding a path to justice. This
the County will be hiring
strengthens public safety and
an Economic Development
reduces criminal justice costs.
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Thurston Chamber Receives Nancie Payne Award Nancie Payne was a longstanding Pacific
and this region’s businesses. The Chamber “work place” and
Mountain Workforce Development Council
David’s leadership is ensuring all our work places have a
(PacMtn) board member, business owner,
chance to become high quality.”
and advocate for workers of all abilities. On December 6, 2018, at the Thurston Economic
Whether the issue is land use, public policy, education,
Development Council's Regional Economic
employment opportunities, or finding that balance
Forecast & Innovation Expo, PacMtn awarded
between social/economic/environmental demands, the
the Thurston County Chamber and President/ CEO, David Schaffert, with the 3rd Annual Nancie Payne Workplace Excellence Award. Nancie was one of David's mentors and Nancie Payne's
Thurston Chamber is finding a way to convene people, host important conversations and make sure there is always a seat for business at the table. According to Fambles, “The Chamber’s leadership is consistent, creative and steeped in civic diplomacy. They advocate and acknowledge quality
daughter, Angie, was there to offer the award of
work places and encourage employee and organizational
acknowledgment and appreciation.
engagement that makes our region stronger.”
When presenting the award, PacMtn’s CEO, Cheryl Fambles
The Thurston County Chamber is growing a prosperous
said, “The Thurston County Chamber is one of the most
economy and vibrant community by connecting people,
revered chambers in the State of Washington. David Schaffert
ideas and resources. Our engagement in regional
has been the CEO of the organization for the past 20+ years.
planning, education, workforce development, community
During that time, he and the Chamber have taken on many
infrastructure, and environmental stewardship are integral
issues that have impacted the quality of life in our region
components of the Chamber’s mission.
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