Government Affairs

Government Affairs

An important function of the Covington Chamber of Commerce is advocacy to give our business community a voice. We work with coalitions, committees and our legislators to advocate for funding and for support on important projects that impact our region. If you are interested in learning more or want to join one of the committees or coalitions, please contact us at info@covingtonchamber.org.

Government Affairs Committee

  • Lavonne Dideon, Aspire P.S.
  • Kevin Grossman, SBDC at Green River College
  • Sam Pace, Seattle-King County Realtors
  • Jeff Wagner, Republic Services

South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coaltion

The Covington Chamber of Commerce is a member of the SSCCLC, giving the Covington Chamber of Commerce a voice on legislative matters that affect the South Sound region. The board has appointed the following members to serve on the coalition to represent our interests:

  • Kathy Fosjord
  • George Frasier, Green River College Foundation
  • Jeff Wagner, Republic Services

SEAL-TC

SEAL-TC is comprised of a group of regional stakeholders who advocate for funding for the widening of Highway 18 near I-90 East, one of the deadliest stretches of highway in the state and the nation. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month to discuss progress toward our objectives, assign tasks and strategize.

  • Jeff Wagner, Republic Services
  • Regan Bolli, City of Covington

Staff Representation

In addition to the coalition and committee members listed, executive director Dana Neuts serves as the staff representative for each of these groups. She regularly attends legislative update meetings with the Association of Washington Business and AWB’s Grass Roots Alliance.

2022 City of Covington Legislative Priorities

At the Covington Chamber’s annual director retreat, the board of directors unanimously adopted the City of Covington’s legislative priorities for 2022.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Stay up-to-date on the latest L&I changes and policies. Visit L&K online at https://www.lni.wa.gov/

Association of Washington Business

The Covington Chamber of Commerce joined the AWB – Association of Washington Business in June 2018.

AWB formed in 1904 and is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association including nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees.

For information, contact us at info@covingtonchamber.org. To learn how to involve your Chamber, or organization, contact the AWB Directory at 360-943-1600 or via email: members@awb.org

COVINGTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (CEDC)

Thank you to our current Chamber Appointed Representatives!

  1. Lavonne Dideon, Aspire P.S. (term expires 7/31/22)
  2. Josh Lyons, Pinnacle Medical Wellness (term expires 7/31/21) *CEDC Co-Chair*
  3. Scott Beusch, Edward Jones Investments (term expires 7/31/21)
  4. Kevin Grossman, SBDC, Green River College (term expires 7/31/22)
  5. Vacancy – we have one vacancy.

*Dana Neuts, Chamber Executive Director (non-voting representative)

The City of Covington Economic Development Council (CEDC) consists of five city appointed and five chamber appointed individuals that work collaboratively to improve the City’s economy.

For more detailed information visit the City’s website:

http://www.covingtonwa.gov/city_government/cedc.php

Questions? Contact us at: info@covingtonchamber.org

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