Welcome to Tumwater

Tumwater is known as the first community west of the Cascades. Rich in history and the home of excellent schools, restaurants and businesses, this thriving community maintains its small-town feel.

Tumwater was recently voted as the fourth most popular city in Washington to raise a family by NerdWallet.com

Historical Tumwater is located between Seattle and Portland on the I-5 corridor, serving travelers with a central location for exploring Puget Sound and its beauty, including Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, the Pacific Ocean beaches, and the Olympic Rain Forest.

The Tumwater Chamber celebrates being part of the community for over twenty years.

The Chamber has new and exciting plans for the 2014 year – read more HERE!


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President's Message - September 2014

President’s Message

September 2014

As a society that now relies on an ever-changing electronic infrastructure for business and personal interactions, we must accept there are associated risks. The power to communicate with individuals and customers is integral to our success as a community oriented business people, but we must think smarter as we are more vulnerable than ever to the misuse these tools and the sophisticated network that supports them.

The Tumwater Chamber is proud to present forums of value to our members, and the September event was another example of quality programming.  Our topic, Cyber Based Attacks, provided us with an education on the dangers of our everyday technology habits and the risks inherent in the technology we enjoy every day.

Supervisor Special Agent Timothy J. Wallach of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, who is the assigned lead for the Cyber Task Force in Seattle, presented current information regarding the state of the cyber environment. He also shared new methods and resources to help us be informed and savvy in the use of technology in the business framework we navigate. We heard how to make smarter decision about how we use the technology we enjoy at our fingertips and also developed a greater understanding of how easily cyber based attacks are created. Sadly, we also learned how complex cyber-attacks are to track and counterattack.

Agent Wallach shared information regarding the challenges inherent in combating the constantly growing misuse of technology. He referenced resources available to businesses, including InfraGard, www.InfraGard.org, an alliance for national infrastructure protection, as a resource for information, training, and networking.

This topic spurred an interesting dialogue among the members and provided food for thought regarding how we use and share information while taking certain measures to protect ourselves and our businesses.

In closing I leave you with a quote from Jamie Shea, NATO Director of Policy Planning:

One hundred twenty countries currently have or are developing offensive cyber-attack capabilities, which is now viewed as the fifth dimension of warfare after space, sea, land and air….


Clarita Mattox, President


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I-5 Closures - Watch Out for Tumwater Impacts!!

Motorists traveling in the vicinity of Interstate 5 near the junction of Highway 101 over the next two weekends, September 12 and September 19, can expect extreme congestion in Olympia and Tumwater, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). A bridge expansion joint repair project will close down several lanes and ramps throughout both weekends, beginning each Friday morning. Motorists are asked to avoid the area, if possible.

For more information about the project, please see WSDOT's project website:

* http://bit.ly/i5OlyWork or

* http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-i-5-bridge-joint-repair-survival.html or

* http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/TumwaterBlvdGravellyLkDrPaving/questions.htm

Contact Claudia Bingham Baker, WSDOT Communications at (360) 357-2789 or bakerc@wsdot.wa.gov with questions about this project.

August 2014 President's Message

The Value of Non-Profits


Promote, inform and advocate for the businesses and community we serve

As we come to understand the importance of non-profit organizations in any community, we realize that their very make up provides economic, social, and direction value.  Nonprofits are created out of a passion to cause change, driven by their mission, and they become an intricate part of the fiber of our social identity.

At our August Forum we learned that Washington State enjoys the power of over 58,400 nonprofit organizations with focus on issues that bring solutions to obvious social, political, health, environmental, public, arts and culture, and economic needs, just to mention a few.  These organizations yield over $32 billion dollars in revenue per year in Washington State alone, as stated by Executive Director of Washington Nonprofits, Alison McCaffree.

These organizations represent approximately 9.3% of people employed in Washington or close to 211,400 employees, not counting volunteer forces, actively involved in our community, stimulating our economy, and causing the change our local communities desire to see.  In Thurston County we benefit from the caring mission of approximately 586 active public charities, which bring near $276 Million dollars in revenue.  Non-profits are an economic force while being inclusive and influential.

During difficult economic times the nonprofit organizations have been able to sustain their missions with minimum impact to their structure and efficiencies, and in fact, it is statistically proven that nonprofits actually increased employment during recession times.

Communities need nonprofits to create change desired by any group of people because it is a most efficient way to have effective results.  We enjoyed presentations from Morningside and Boys & Girls Club, which are dynamic organizations providing invaluable service from employment placement (Morningside) to inspiring and enable youth to realize their greatness through their before-and-after school programs (Boys & Girls Club).

The Tumwater Chamber believes in the value of nonprofits and is happy to partner with them in support of their efforts.  The Tumwater Chamber is also a nonprofit organization focused on education, networking and partnering opportunities while we connect people and places to Tumwater.  We also enjoyed supporting the Association of US Army earlier this month by providing treats to the Thunder Rumble, and providing free root beer floats to all attendees of “Frozen: The Sing-Along” presented by the Parks & Recreation programs of the City of Tumwater.

Let us remember the words of Oprah Winfrey:  I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life.


Clarita Mattox, Board President


Tumwater Adopt-a-Road - Volunteer with TACC!!

The Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce is participating in the City of Tumwater Adopt-a-Road program.  We have adopted Littlerock Road between Trosper and Kings Way.

  • Please join your fellow Chamber members as we clean up Tumwater August 20th from 12 pm to 1 pm.
  • Meet at the Harmony Boom Gallery, the bright blue building at the corner of Trosper and Littlerock at the back of the Fred Meyer parking lot.
  • Vest, bags, and tools provided - come as you are!

Contact Jaron to RSVP at JaronBanksDC@gmail.com or just show up to join the fun!

City of Tumwater Volunteer Project

From the City of Tumwater:July Volunteer Tumwater Flyer



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