NOLA

The Clallam County EDC is currently facilitating the meetings for the North Olympic Legislative Alliance, established as a Clallam County community initiative in 2017. Email info@clallam.org for info on participation.

NOLA’s Mission is 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:

  • 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;
  • To promote those established interests, desires and needs of the people of Clallam and Jefferson Counties to government and elected representatives;
  • 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
  • To be an advocate for our communities in dealings with legislative, governmental and private entities upon those issues that the NOLA selects.

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 groups 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
Partners of NOLA within Clallam County include representatives from:
  • Clallam County 3 Cities: Forks, Port Angeles and Sequim
  • Olympic Medical Center
  • Peninsula College
  • 5 School Districts of Port Angeles, Cape Flattery, Crescent, Sequim, and Quillayute Valley
  • Clallam County PUD
  • Port of Port Angeles
  • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
  • Makah Tribe Hoh Tribe
  • Quileute Tribe
  • Clallam Transit
  • Olympic National Park
  • North Olympic Library System
  • Individuals with concerns for the county
  • Timber Industry Representatives
  • Community Bank Representatives
  • Automotive Dealer Representatives
  • Agricultural Industry Representatives
  • Real Estate Industry Representatives
  • Non-profits in the business, environmental and social services sectors
  • Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Sequim Chamber of Commerce
  • Forks Chamber of Commerce
  • Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce
  • Peninsula Behavioral Health
  • Peninsula Housing Authority
  • Clallam County EDC
  • United Way of Clallam County
  • North Peninsula Builders Association
  • North Olympic Land Trust
  • Port Angeles Business Association
  • Port Angeles Downtown Association
Partners of NOLA within Jefferson County include representatives from:
  • Jefferson County
  • City of Port Townsend
  • Port of Port Townsend
  • Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce
  • EDC Team Jefferson
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