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The State of the community Report Elected officials report to the community our successes, challenges and future work


PUBLISHER Thurston County Chamber of Commerce

EDITORIAL Editor: David Schaffert Phone: (360) 357-3362 Email:

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.

Marny Bright

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

Phone: (360) 357-3362 Email:


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:

Mosaic Marketing Studio


Hotel RL Olympia | 2300 Evergreen Park Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502

COVER ART Photo by Dinea DePhoto, taken inside the Helen Sommers Building

This is an opportunity to engage business and community leaders in a one-on-one

Reservations for the State of the


networking setting.

Community Forum are strongly advised.

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Visit or call the Forum includes lunch. The cost is $35

Chamber at 360.357.3362 to make yours.

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THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY INVESTORS DIAMOND INVESTORS: America's Credit Union - Lacey Capital Medical Center FORMA Construction Company Little Creek Casino & Resort Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel Port of Olympia Saint Martin's University TwinStar Credit Union Washington Business Bank Wells Fargo Community Bank


Heritage Bank - Olympia L & E Bottling Company, Inc. Mills & Mills Funeral Home Morningside Olympia Federal Savings Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Phillips Burgess, PLLC Providence St. Peter Hospital Puget Sound Energy South Puget Sound Community College

GOLD INVESTORS American Workforce Group C.P.C. Landscape, LLC Cabinets by Trivonna Charter College Community Youth Services

Creative Office Elite Cleaning of Washington, Inc. GHB Insurance, Inc. Grays Harbor Fair & Tourism Great Wolf Lodge Hometown Property Management, Inc. Hooper Financial Services Loanstar Home Lending Nisqually Red Wind Casino Olympia Furniture Company Pardiman Productions Radia, Inc., PS SCJ Alliance The Rants Group Venables Pest Management

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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

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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 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 18th 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

Thank you Sponsors!

Save the Date! A Night on the Town in Venice Save the Date for A Night on the Town in Venice, Friday, March 1, Hotel RL Olympia. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, auction and after party! For further information, to make a reservation or for sponsorship opportunities, please call Krystal Barkus at 360.357.3362 or email

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Looking to Shift Gears

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

SEPA analysis.

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.

What’s been done so far?

Why now?

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 WSDOT’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

What’s next?

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 – 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.

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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, 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

Olympia's Celebrating

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

the crisis.

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

constantly evolving.

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.

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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Big Fun and Entertainment Abound at Little Creek!


fter a long week of work, or perhaps even as your weekday turns to evening, reward yourself and have some fun at Little Creek Casino Resort, located just 15 minutes north of Olympia on Highway 101. Little Creek is renowned for its impeccable service, incredible

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Little Creek is filled with a myriad of

Cliffs Golf Club, ranked as one of the

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Creekside Buffet to an exceptional

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games, plus other forms of great

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gaming fun? When you step into

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selection of XBOX One games

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entertainment, the Skookum

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Great food. Great fun. Great

frequently hosts exciting concerts

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acts like Toto and Dwight Yoakam

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If golf's your game, you've got to

to be perfectly entertained.

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You deserve it!


Thurston County Chamber VOICE


January 2019



PO BOX 1427 Olympia, WA 98507-1427

Profile for Thurston County Chamber of Commerce

January 2019 VOICE Magazine  

Published by the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.

January 2019 VOICE Magazine  

Published by the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.