The committee will advise the Whatcom County Council on issues, including regulations and policies that could impact local businesses, industry, or economic development. The committee will report directly to the County Council as necessary to carry out the following functions: Review and provide recommendations on comprehensive plans, regulations, economic development efforts and on proposals which directly impact business and economic conditions in Whatcom County. Assist the county and provide recommendations on efforts to improve business conditions, environment and infrastructure. Assist and develop recommendations for comprehensive economic development efforts of Associate Development Organizations (ADO) and other issues impacting business in Whatom County. Develop recommendations and strategies for ensuring the county applies a client-focused approach to support businesses with regulations, permitting, and planning.
The Business and Commerce Advisory Committee has 18 positions.
The following designated officials shall be non-voting members:
One member of the Whatcom County Council
County Executive or designee
City of Bellingham Mayor or designee
Port of Bellingham Executive Director or designee
One representative from the small cities, designated by he Small Cities Caucus
The County-Council shall appoint one member representing for-profit entities in each of the following industries:
Commercial real estate
Two members representing for-profit business entities in any industry including those listed above.
Two non-voting members representing the county's institutions of higher education (Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, The Northwest Indian College, and Bellingham Technical College.