Monday, August 18, 2008

Rep. Adam Smith at the Chamber

Aug. 13 - Rep. Adam Smith visited the Chamber today and discussed in an interview with Mike Weinman his thoughts on the Chamber’s continued strong support of our area’s military installations along with other issues including international trade, the Chamber’s annual Washington-to-Washington, D.C. trip and technology.

Wonderdog Media captured the interview with Rep. Smith for footage to be used in the Chamber’s Annual Meeting video as well as possible uses in other Chamber videos.

Touting our area’s growing “human capital” from graduates of the UWT’s Technology Center, he felt these new technology workers would help our community by relocating bright, young workers attracted to the various museums and local entrepreneurs – all important to an area’s growth. Rep. Smith was enthusiastic about the future of the Tacoma-Pierce County economy for that reason and well as others including the continued growth of the local military bases.

Citing the Chamber’s outstanding advocacy work, he pointed out the elements that made the Chamber’s annual Washington-to-Washington, D.C. trip one of the “best opportunities” he has to engage with his constituents all year long. To be able to “interact with thirty to forty leaders from diverse backgrounds,” the Chamber’s delegation, he said, “represents a ‘one-stop shopping’ opportunity” since he can discuss and learn about diverse issues ranging from health care and energy to finances and the defense industry.

Smith concluded his visit with a special thank you to the Chamber’s continued efforts at the staff and membership level.

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