The Bellingham Regional Chamber works on your behalf at the city, county, state and federal levels. Additionally, we are community partner on the local committees working on issues like affordable/accessible housing and homelessness, attracting new business, supporting existing businesses and economic development.

To learn more about policy agenda, click below or email or call us anytime at (360) 734-1330.

Enacting policy that is favorable towards all legal businesses including:

  • Ensuring fair zoning laws
  • Improve the permit process and policy at city and county
  • Advocate for fair taxation of businesses and educate on the impacts to policy makers
  • Educate on the aspects of predictive scheduling to small, local employers
  • Educate the needs of business and collaborate on proposed employment rules

Work towards accessible housing for all county residents including:

  • Advocate for increased workforce housing near employment areas
  • Collaborate on affordability and availability options
  • Provide adequate support for homeless

Advocate for business on the issues that indirectly impact business including:

  • Business district disturbances – Find solutions to stop unwanted behavior in business district including drug abuse, obstructive protests and vagrancy
  • Water usage accountability – Advocate for necessary access to water for all stakeholders including commercial/industrial, residential, tribal and agriculture
  • Promote policy that encourages performance and incentive-based regulation while providing paths and tools to reduce GHG in current infrastructure
  • Educate policy-makers about growth potential and impacts and encourage collaborative action

Whatcom County needs more family-wage jobs. To accomplish this, the chamber will:

  • Advocate for the success of Port of Belllingham properties including the success of the Bellingham International Airport, waterfront redevelopment, Bellingham/Fairhaven/Blaine marine zones and Sumas
  • Work with our policymakers for adequate infrastructure improvements for both facilities and transportation of goods and travel
  • Increase skilled labor and work on career connected learning to bridge the gap between K12 education, college/vo-tech/apprentice/military, and employers
  • Be a leader in educating the public on the impacts of the border on our economy which includes immigration policy
  • Attract innovation-based employers and industries in specific sectors including clean energy/tech