One of the best reasons to become a member of the Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce is that we are actively involved in advocating for business issues throughout the region.
Government requirements can be burdensome, so we are intentional about our relationships with elected and public officials. We provide them with information about the impact of various legislation, zoning, permitting, and code implementation. The Puyallup Sumner Chamber has a track record of integrity, and accountability with our local government, and we are known as a strong voice for business throughout the South Sound region and on our annual trips to Washington D.C.
The Chamber IS the voice of business. For our members, this means they are not a lone voice when working on issues that impact their bottom line. They can leverage the business community, through the Chamber, as a much larger voice advocating for solutions to their business issues. And a larger voice means a larger impact in our advocacy efforts. As a Chamber member you gain that impact for your own business, and you lend your voice and impact to issues relating to other local businesses.
Empowering our Elected Officials | Candidate Endorsements
It’s challenging for our members to find time to learn about candidates during election cycles. But our businesses know it is critical to elect representatives who understand their challenges, and how important businesses are for local job creation, sustainable tax revenues, and an affordable quality of life in our communities. We provide the following resources in response to our member advocacy needs:
Video interviews of candidates that can be viewed at our member’s convenience
Candidate endorsement committee interviews that provides information to candidates about business issues
Publish endorsements to chamber members to promote informed voting
Our Chamber believes that informed candidates understand, and are empowered, vote for legislation supporting the businesses that support our communities. Our members have come to depend on our Chamber to inform candidates of local business issues and to ask them for their support.
These are examples of how we represent our members:
Attend permitting and licensing meetings
Attend and testify at city council and planning commission meetings
Attend and testify at county council meetings
Testify in Olympia
Write letters and make calls to council members, legislators, and congressional representatives
Create an annual Legislative Agenda that promotes a thriving and sustainable business environment
Organize monthly government affairs committee meetings (electeds and city officials are invited to attend)
Organize tours of local businesses so electeds can speak with business representatives directly
Create and host events that spotlight business issues and solutions
Partner with the education community to support the workforce development necessary for business
Membership in regional organizations
South Sound Chamber of Commerce Legislative Coalition
South Sound Alliance
Puget Sound Gateway Project (completion of SR167)
Advisory Committee for Thun Field
Advisory Council for Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner
Community Advisory Board with County Prosecuting Attorney office