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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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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Job Seekers, Small Businesses, Students Will Benefit from ReferenceUSA

The Timberland Regional Library (TRL) will hold three training sessions on July 22 and 23 to teach people how to use ReferenceUSA (http://www.referenceusa.com/Static/AboutUs), a powerful, online research tool that can be especially helpful for small business owners, entrepreneurs, non-profit researchers, job seekers, students, writers and media professionals. In addition to professional use, ReferenceUSA can assist anyone looking for information on businesses, schools, childcare centers, doctors, hospitals, churches and other vital services.

The training sessions are at the following locations and times:

  • July 22   from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at TRL Adminstrative Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd. SW
  • July 22 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Tumwater Timberland Library, 7023 New Market St.
  • July 23   from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at TRL Administrative Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd. SW

ReferenceUSA is one of more than 70 subscription databases that TRL provides to the public.

For more information, contact Central Reference/Ask-a-Librarian Service at (360) 704-4636 or (800) 562-6022 outside the Olympia calling area, or visit www.TRL.org.


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Thunder Rumble 5k/10k

The Tumwater Chamber is proud to be a co-sponsor the 2014 Thunder Rumble in support of AUSA!


“Running for fun. Supporting our troops. Hooah!”

From the Northwest to the Middle East

 August 16 , 2014 8:30 a.m.

7725 Center St SW Tumwater, WA

Register at ThunderRumble.com

Have a blast running or walking, while supporting soldiers and their families:

  • Soldiers and civilians run together
  • Flat course, perfect for amateur runners or the seasoned racer
  • Groups, walkers, and strollers welcome
  • Finish line fun and give-a-ways
The United States Field Artillery Association, the Thunderbolt Chapter and the Association of the United States Army, the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter and associated sub-chapters are non-Federal entities. They are not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and they have no government status.

Tumwater's Screen on the Green

Tumwater, WA – Looking for free fun for the whole family?  Join Tumwater Parks & Recreation for “Screen on the Green” outdoor movies, Friday evenings in August.

Each August, Tumwater Parks and Recreation brings four movies to our outdoor cinema at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course (4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE, Tumwater WA 98501). Movies are shown on the first four Friday evenings in August.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. This event is fun for the whole family, and admission is FREE.  Come early and enjoy dinner on the patio at the River's Edge restaurant or bring your own picnic (park rules apply). Low-backed chairs are allowed, but grills, umbrellas, and pets are prohibited. Please call the Parks & Recreation office for more information: (360) 754-4160. We look forward to seeing you on the GREEN!
2014 Screen on the Green movie line-up:
Friday, August 1       "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (PG-13)
Friday, August 8       "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (PG)
Friday, August 15     "Star Trek Into Darkness" (PG-13)
Friday, August 22     "Frozen: The Sing-Along" (PG) & Root Beer Float Bar (see below for details)
Root Beer Float Bar - Friday, August 22 (Sponsor: Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce)
At this year’s final SOTG movie, you will be treated to a free Root Beer Float while enjoying the Sing-Along version of "Frozen." Root beer floats courtesy of the Tumwater Area Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsors Puget Sound Energy and South Sound Foursquare Church.
For more information, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation: (360) 754-4160. More details available online: www.ci.tumwater.wa..us/screenonthegreen.


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