Business and Commerce Advisory Committee

Purpose


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 Whactom County. Develop recommendations and strategies for ensuring the county applies a client-focused approach to support businesses with regulations, permitting, and planning.

Meetings 


Meetings are generally held monthly, noon to 1:30 p .m., date and location varies.  Specific meeting information is available on the Port of Bellingham Commerce Advisory Committee website.

Upcoming Special Meeting

    • Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., Port of Bellingham, Mount Baker Room, 1801 Roeder Avenue, Bellingham
    • The purpose of the meeting is to review and approve the letter that is being prepared by Petrogas on behalf of the committee relating to Cherry Point.  Said letter will  be distributed to Whatcom County Council.
Members
The committee has 20 members appointed by the County Council and representing various businesses and industries.

Thirteen of the 20 total members are voting positions:
  • Bob Pritchett, Internet technology, CommitteeChair
  • Clark Campbell, Recreation, Committee Vice-Chair
  • Drew Zogby, Manufacturing
  • Douglas Thomas, Food processing
  • Casey Diggs, Retail
  • Paul Burrill, Marine trades
  • Pete Dawson, Commercial real estate
  • Brad Rader, Agriculture
  • Andrew Gamble, Energy industry
  • Debbie Ahl, Health care industry
  • Ryan Allsop, other for-profit 
  • Troy Muljat, other for-profit
  • Sarah Rothenbuhler, other for-profit
The remaining seven positions are non-voting:
  • Susan Cole, Higher education
  • Jeffrey Callender, Higher Education
  • Carol Frazey, County Councilmember
  • Undesignated Whatcom County Executive or designee
  • Undesignated Bellingham Mayor or Designee
  • Don Goldberg, Port of Bellingham Executive Director  
  • Michael Jones, Small cities representative, designated by the Small Cities Caucus 

Vacancies

Term Information

    • 4 year terms, 2 term limit, 1 year separation after 2 terms until eligible to reapply

Authority