NOLA

The Clallam County EDC is facilitating the meetings for the North Olympic Legislative Alliance. We need more representation form the west end. If anyone is interested serving on a focused work group committee, please contact us. We will be sending out a survey monkey to narrow the legislative priorities down to three. If anyone is interested in voting on the survey monkey, please sent email address to Info@clallam.org

Background:

NOLA’s Mission:

To advance the economic development, business prosperity, and quality of life for the people of North Olympic Peninsula region by providing input with a shared purpose and unified voice to our elected representatives and officials.   

NOLA’s purpose:

  1. To provide a forum for the discussion and review of issues of interest to the North Olympic Peninsula on a county-wide basis for each county;
  2. To promote those established interests, desires and needs of the people of Clallam and Jefferson Counties to government and elected representatives;
  3. To create a clear and concise legislative advocacy platform for each county to provide a unified community voice for each of our respective counties to our state and federal legislators and governmental agencies; and
  4. To be an advocate for our communities in dealings with legislative, governmental and private entities upon those issues that the NOLA selects.

NOLA was established as a Clallam County community initiative in 2017. This is the first year

NOLA is being formed in Jefferson County.

This will be the first year the NOLA will contract for professional lobbying services.

Partners of NOLA within Clallam County include representatives from:
Clallam County 3 Cities: Forks, Port Angeles and SequimOlympic Medical CenterPeninsula College5 School Districts of Port Angeles, Cape Flattery, Crescent, Sequim, and Quillayute ValleyClallam County PUDPort of Port AngelesLower Elwha Klallam TribeJamestown S’Klallam Tribe Makah Tribe Hoh Tribe Quileute TribeClallam Transit Olympic National ParkNorth Olympic Library SystemIndividuals with concerns for the countyTimber Industry RepresentativesCommunity Bank RepresentativesAutomotive Dealer RepresentativesAgricultural Industry Representatives Real Estate Industry Representatives  Non-profits in the business, environmental and social services sectors such as Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce Sequim Chamber of CommerceForks Chamber of CommerceClallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce Peninsula Behavioral HealthPeninsula Housing AuthorityClallam County EDCUnited Way of Clallam CountyNorth Peninsula Builders AssociationNorth Olympic Land TrustPort Angeles Business AssociationPort Angeles Downtown Association
Partners of NOLA within Jefferson County include representatives from:
Jefferson CountyCity of Port TownsendPort of Port TownsendPort Townsend Chamber of Commerce EDC Team Jefferson 

Organizational Guidelines for NOLA:

  • NOLA is nonpartisan and nonsectarian and takes no part in nor lends its influence or resources, either directly or indirectly, to the nomination, election, or appointment of any candidate for political office in city, county, state, or national elections.
  • NOLA will work to reach consensus (75% or greater) among its partners to determine which policy, action or law of any level of government that impacts the business community of Clallam County should be the focus of NOLA action. The results will be communicated to the public, government leaders, and elected representatives.
  • Participants in NOLA shall not represent the interests of PACs or special interest groups.
  • When issues arise that cannot easily be resolved by NOLA partners, they agree to table the topic to a future date for resolution.

Principles of Participation are incorporated in the NOLA process:

  • Partnership driven through expected involvement
  • Employ strategic thinking with a forward-looking perspective
  • Common sense for common good
  • Consistently provide clear and concise communication
  • Equally respect participants and the work they do
  • Be flexible, nimble and responsive to challenges and opportunities
  • Prioritization in the context of a future vision and plan

Process to develop top three priorities in Clallam County:

Six focused work groups will each develop up to four solution-based proposals. Those proposals will be then sent to all NOLA partners who will cull the list to the top three priorities.  

The focused work group are:

  1. Business and Economic Development (includes Affordable Housing)
  2. Health/Safety (Includes opioid addiction and homelessness)
  3. Policy and Government
  4. Transportation and Infrastructure
  5. Natural Resources and Environmental
  6. Workforce Development and Education
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