Sponsors for this year's conference include the Port of Tacoma, Totem Ocean, MultiCare, Waste Connections, Comcast and The Boeing Company.
Originally conceived by US Rep. Norm Dicks and Chamber President/CEO David Graybill, the annual pilgrimage to the nation's capital began as a way for the business community to prevent our local bases from being closed. Decades later, the Chamber has organized this event to include local civic leaders as well.
All told, this year's delegation will consist of 25 leaders representing the Port of Tacoma, City of Tacoma, City of Lakewood, Pierce County as well as businesses like Simpson, Totem Ocean, BCRA Design and Cornerstone Financial.
The delegation will meet with military officials and congressional representatives to discuss community issues like SR 167 funding, infrastructure development, the Alaska trade relationship, schools on base and IMPACT aid, just to name a few.
For some delegates, this is their first time on the trip. But regardless of experience, all the delegates are looking forward to trip. Keep checking to get updates of the trip as it happens.