AGC Member Update on Cherry Point

County’s future dependent on Cherry Point amendmentsThere has continued to be significant ongoing activity related to Cherry Point Amendments process. We will reenter the final public phase of the amendments process very soon. It is more important than ever that AGC members reengage when the public process resumes. Since the last public hearing in November 2020, Cherry…

Laborers to County Council: Don’t Regulate Whatcom’s Economic Future Away

A recent op-ed by a Washington labor leader in the Everett Herald made the compelling case for the Whatcom County Council to be prudent and judicious in how it approaches making regulatory changes with regard to the Cherry Point Industrial Zone in a world still reeling from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically,…

ICYMI: Whatcom County may restart Cherry Point regulatory work

This week, The Lens published an article featuring two prominent members of the Coalition and industry leaders in Whatcom discussing the potential reregulation of the Cherry Point industrial area by the Whatcom County Council. Notably the piece explains that councilmembers could ignore recent Planning Commission recommendations to the proposed changes, a move that could prove…

Whatcom County may restart Cherry Point regulatory work

The Lens | October 1, 2020 For more than four years the Whatcom County Council has explored reregulating the Cherry Point industrial area, already one of the most regulated and environmentally clean in the world. The Planning Commission in August recommended changes to the council’s proposed regulatory amendments following an extensive stakeholder process. However, recent statements by…

LTTE: Concerned about Whatcom County’s actions adding to economic uncertainty

My Ferndale News | June 25, 2020 It is impossible to overstate the degree of uncertainty that defines today’s economic landscape. An economy that was booming mere months ago has been brought to its knees, with more than 30 million Americans unemployed and the path forward still opaque at best. It may be some time…

Coalition Members chat with Dick Donahue about Cherry Point

Whatcom Coalition for Economic Growth members Trevor Smith and John Huntley took to the airwaves to chat with Dick Donahue on KGMI 790 News about proposed regulations by the Whatcom County Council aimed at limiting business activity at Cherry Point. Trevor Smith represents the Laborers International Union and has lived in Whatcom since 1984, and…

ACTION ALERT: Tell the County Council You Oppose the 9th Consecutive Cherry Point Moratorium

Dear Coalition Members: We need your help. The Whatcom County Council recently voted to introduce its ninth consecutive, six-month Cherry Point Fossil Fuel Moratorium. Whatcom Councilmember Kathy Kershner, who voted against introduction of the ninth Cherry Point fossil fuel moratorium, said during debate that “… the ban is bad for business, particularly as the local…

Calloway: Cherry Point plan is risky for Whatcom County and our region

This week, Lance Calloway, Northern District Manager, with the Associated General Contractors of Washington, authored the below commentary in AGC of Washington’s newsletter: Cherry Point plan is risky for Whatcom County and our region   Nothing is more important to the overall well being of a community than access to economic opportunity. For Whatcom County, there…

An energy golden age, if we can maintain it

Newsday | Dan Eberhart | March 11 After spending much of its history as “energy helpless,” the United States today is experiencing an energy golden age. But amid record-setting production of both traditional and renewable resources, we still face challenges. With the oil industry facing unprecedented market disruptions from the spread of the coronavirus, to…