Whatcom County  Business and Commerce Committee

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Whatcom County Business and Commerce Committee is an advisory committee identifying issues that impact our economy and businesses. 

This committee was created by the Whatcom County Council and is facilitated by the Port of Bellingham.

  1. Meeting Dates & Location
  2. Agendas
  3. Minutes

Regular mtg scheduled for October 16, 2023                at 11 am hybrid (Zoom & in person available)

About the Committee

The Committee advises the Whatcom County Council on regulations and policies that could impact local businesses, industry, or economic development. Committee members will review, develop, and provide recommendations on comprehensive plans and proposals that directly impact business and economic conditions in Whatcom County. Focus is given to efforts to improve business conditions, environment and infrastructure, and ensuring the county applies a client-focused approach to supporting businesses with regulations, permitting, and planning.

For 2022, the Whatcom County Business and Commerce Committee Chair is Sarah Rothenbuhler (sarahd@birchequipment.com) and the Vice Chair is Ryan Allsop.

Public Welcome

This is a County Committee and members of the public are welcome to attend. 

If you would like to be added to the committee email list and receive monthly meeting agendas and minutes, please email wcbcc@portofbellingham.com with your request.

Committee Eligibility

Must live in and be registered to vote in Whatcom County. Members are appointed to 4-year terms. The committee meets monthly.

Current vacancies (July 2023):
- 1 Vacancy, 4-year terms ending 1/31/2027. Applicants must represent the childcare industry
- 1 Vacancy for non-voting members, 4-year term ending 1/31/2027. Applicants must represent K-12 public education

For an application or additional information on vacancies contact:

Whatcom County Council Office, 311 Grand Ave, Suite 105, Bellingham, WA, 360.778.5010.