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Government Affairs


It’s the Chamber’s role to create, develop and utilize cutting-edge policies and practices that will provide outstanding pro-business legislative and local policy representation to our membership.

The Government Affairs Committee will provide direction to the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce for developing positions on legislation and other public issues, acting on those positions.

To identify issues through surveys and analyses from our members and Association of Washington Business. All legislated issues will be presented to the Board of Directors for final approval. If a particular business related issue needs to be addressed before to the next Board of Directors meeting and is an unanticipated legislative event then the Board of Directors allows this committee to act.


To educate and inform all legislative bodies about important business related issues facing the Mount Vernon community by using the collective clout of chambers of commerce and other business organizations and to educate and update chamber members on the committee’s activities.


The Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee will work with all legislative bodies to foster a positive business climate for Mount Vernon.

Conference Calls

The Government Affairs Committee along with the Skagit Business Alliance hold weekly conference calls, with AWB’s Gary Chandler while the legislature is in session. If you would like to join these conference calls please contact Kristen Keltz at (360) 428-8547 or kristenw@mountvernonchamber.com.
~Thank you to Puget Sound Engery for hosting these calls.

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Legislative Contacts

Contact information for Elected Officials: Click Here.

To contact the Government Affairs Division, call the Chamber office at 360-428-8547.