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!


Recent Posts

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



July 2014 President's Message

The Tumwater Chamber chose our July program to honor our military personnel. We benefit from the proximity of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), and its leadership continues to focus on connecting military personnel to the surrounding communities, including Tumwater.

JBLM is a training and mobilization center for a large range of military services and is the only Army power-projection base west of the Rocky Mountains. It is also the workplace and support center for approximately 25,000 soldiers and civilian workers, and a population of nearly 90,000 associated people. As a result of the Base Realignment and Closures Commission recommendations in 2005, Fort Lewis became an amalgamation of the United States Air Force’s McChord Air Force Base when it merged with Fort Lewis in February, 2010. Its location has express access to the deep water Ports of Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle for deploying equipment, should they need it, as they move forward with their mission to defend our nation and our interests.

While the region has not consistently recognized JBLM as an economic driver in the region, neighboring jurisdictions have come to realize and understand the significant impact of its personnel and potential for future growth. The community of JBLM continues to be of great importance as a major employer in the state but also as an economic engine for the region. Creating collaborative planning efforts to address matters of mutual interest such as traffic, housing, education, health care, etc., the region’s jurisdictions and the military can mutually enjoy positive economic outcomes.


The Tumwater Chamber was proud and honored to host Major Yunker during our July Forum. The Major presented an eloquent account of the general condition of the base and the impacts of budget adjustments as they are implemented throughout the country.

We are honored to have JBLM as our neighbor, to work closely with their leadership for regional benefit, and to continue to welcome our military service men and women as they integrate into our communities. From courageously defending our nation and the rights of peoples around the world, to connecting with our communities here at home, their courage and commitment keeps freedom ringing and for that we are very thankful.

In the words of Aristotle: You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.


Clarita Mattox, President

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