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Feb 07


But the real fireworks really started with the Governor's remarks at lunch. The Governor talked about "income inequality" and the growing "consumer crisis" which he believes can be fixed by raising the State's minimum wage. Already the highest minimum wage in the country, the Governor is proposing raising it another $1.50-$2.50 per hour. read more

Jan 24


At the Chamber's January luncheon we learned that as we begin a new year, there some exciting new things to be aware of in both Black Diamond and Maple Valley. We were fortunate to have Mike Maryanski, the Tahoma School District Superintendent, Steve Clark, the Public Works and Community Development Director for the City of Maple Valley and Andy Williamson, the Economic Development Director for the City of Black Diamond as our speakers. read more

Jan 17


On Tuesday, January 7th, The Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce filled a table of ten at the annual Coalition breakfast. The Coalition is comprised of ten chambers - Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond, Sammamish, Snoqualmie Valley, Woodinville, and of course, ours. Journalist Robert Mak moderated the event that included three panel discussions focusing on the Coalition’s top three priories of Transportation, Economic Development, and Education. Our own 5th District Senator Mark Mullet and State Representatives Jay Rodne and Chad Magendanz were among the participating panelists. read more

Jan 06


In a recent interview, I was asked about all the new growth and impact on local businesses. read more

Aug 12


With apologies to Bob Dylan I'd like to update you on the legal status of signs, both commercial and "public service" within the City of Maple Valley. The city enacted a sign code shortly after incorporation in 1997, and that code has had only minor changes since then. read more

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