HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2002-4681, by Representatives Gombosky, Schoesler, Ahern, Benson, Schindler, Cox, Crouse, Delvin, Pflug, Chandler, Sump, Pearson, Schmidt, Morell, Campbell, Barlean, Roach, Santos, Sullivan, Jarrett, McMorris, Doumit, Esser, Orcutt, Mielke, Kessler, Ogden, Talcott, Carrell, Fisher, Quall, Kagi, Cooper, Chase, Lovick, Reardon, Wood, Veloria, Linville, Morris, O'Brien, Fromhold, Kirby, Hunt, Lysen, Murray, Sommers, Grant, Ruderman, Hatfield, Casada, Berkey, Upthegrove, Alexander, Mitchell, Mulliken, Ballasiotes, Clements, Cody, Darneille, Hankins, Woods, Conway, Lantz, Rockefeller and Jackley


     WHEREAS, There are 200 local Chambers of Commerce in the state of Washington representing approximately 54,000 small businesses which, in turn, employ over 2,800,000 citizens; and

     WHEREAS, Washington State Chambers raise over $25,000,000 annually for local community enrichment projects, involving more than 14,000 volunteers who give generously of their time and talent; and

     WHEREAS, Washington State Chambers managed in excess of 3,000,000 visitor and relocation inquiries last year, and at the same time served over 30,000 businesses seeking information about locating their companies in our state; and

     WHEREAS, During 2001, approximately 250 new businesses opened their doors in Washington, assisted by their local Chamber of Commerce, creating more than 5,000 new jobs for our citizens; and

     WHEREAS, Chambers of Commerce across Washington State have served their local communities with distinction, dedication, and dignity enhancing the state's economy and improving the quality of life for its citizens;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State House of Representatives officially recognize the invaluable work local Chambers of Commerce provide both the economy and the citizens of this state; and

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted to the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives.


   I hereby certify this to be a true and correct copy of

   4681 Resolution adopted by the House of Representatives

                      January 23, 2002.


                Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk