Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Important News for You
June Forecast Shows Washington's
Economy Rebounding Swiftly
This week, the Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its June projections of economic activity and revenue collections. The Council, an independent arm of state government, provides the Administration and Legislature with these quarterly forecasts. 
Washington State’s economy continues to outperform earlier expectations. According to the forecast:
  • Washington will collect $807.6 million more than forecasted for the biennium ending on June 30. 
  • Collections in the 2021-2023 biennium (beginning on July 1) are now forecast to be $1.239 billion more than the March forecast.
  • Collections in the 2023-2025 biennium are forecast to be $1.2 billion more than forecast in March.
Strong retail sales tax and real estate excise tax collections have driven revenue growth. Note that even in fiscal year 2020, when so much of the economy was shuttered, state tax collections continued to grow. 
The optimistic state revenue projections may add fuel to the debate over the need for the new capital gains tax enacted in the 2021 session. Multiple parties are currently challenging the new law. 
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Chamber News
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July Luncheon: Education Carnival & Fundraiser
July 28, 2021, 11:30 am
Member Spotlight
Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue
CKFR, located in the central portion of the County, is one of the largest fire service providers in Kitsap County. Within its boundaries and contracted areas CKFR provides Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response to approximately 115 square miles of land and serves a population of more than 72,000 citizens. In addition, CKFR is the County’s fastest growing fire agency as a result of a series of mergers, consolidations and contracts for fire and EMS protection services. Because of its peninsula type layout, CKFR has 40 miles of tidal waterfront with adjacent saltwater area plus numerous small lakes and ponds.

CKFR is facing an EMS Levy Renewal in 2021 that was last approved by voters in 2015. To find out more about this Levy renewal and what it means for Central Kitsap residents, read the full release here.
CKFR Administration Building
5300 NW Newberry Hill Road, Suite 101
Silverdale, WA 98383
Education Committee
UpLift Kitsap
July 13, 2021, 3:00 pm
Tax laws have changed enormously over the past few years, and more changes are on the way. What does this mean for your small business? What are the tax benefits? The tax risks? Find out in this Uplift Kitsap when we highlight key factors and effects of new and upcoming tax laws.

  • Recent changes, tax benefits, and qualification criteria
  • Upcoming changes and tax planning opportunities
  • Robust Q & A for small business tax scenarios
Johnnie Hawkins, CPA, is a partner at Olympic Tax and Business Consulting. He is a highly skilled accountant who often receives great reviews from his clients. Johnnie specializes in tax and accounting services for small to medium-sized businesses. He also has lots of experience working with not-for-profit entities. Johnnie began his full-time career in public accounting in 2006 after graduating in the top ten percent of his class from the University of Washington where he majored in accounting and minored in applied computing. Johnnie is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and a certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington.
Member Education & Training Resources
Pay Per Click Advertising - Or
How Not to Lose Your Shirt On Google 
July 7, 2021, 9:00 am
Imagine showing up in an online advertisement right when people are looking for you! Google makes it easy to get started with its advertising program, but it's even easier to waste gobs of money on it. Attend this session to learn how to write good ads, to effectively target them, how to avoid costly keyword bidding wars and other common mistakes.

This class will cover:
1. Introduction to Google advertising.
2. Different types of ads.
3. Keyword and targeting strategies.
4. Measuring success.

Presenter Matt Cail started out in the world of message boards and web design. During five years as a Washington, D.C., consultant, he became knowledgeable about emergency communications and competition in the online video industry. He has worked in social media, search engine marketing, web design, and online advertising. Matt leads Super Charge Marketing is your one-stop social media firm for all of your social media marketing needs!

Workshop Fee: $35
Government Affairs Committee
June BIPOC Forum Recording
New Proposed Corporate Tax Rate
President Joe Biden and congressional policymakers have proposed several changes to the corporate income tax, including raising the rate from 21 percent to 28 percent and imposing a 15 percent minimum tax on the book income of large corporations. The proposals are being considered to raise revenue for new spending programs and would repeal changes to the corporate tax made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in late 2017.

The first corporate taxes were levied in 1909 at a rate of 1%. The rate reached 12% in 1918 for corporate income over $2,000. The all-time high was just under 53% in 1968, and it stood at 35% beginning in 1993 until it dropped to 21% in 2018 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Military Affairs Committee
Kitsap County News
Warm Retirement Wishes to
Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson
The Silverdale Chamber Board of Directors and Staff want to Congratulate Sherriff Simpson on his retirement. After nearly 37 years of service to the citizens of Kitsap County, Sherriff Gary Simpson has decided to call it a career. Gary retired from public service as the Sheriff of Kitsap County on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Thank you for your 37 years of service to Kitsap County and Silverdale. 

Kitsap Public Health District
Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 10:30 am
The Kitsap Public Health Board will be held via Zoom webinar, broadcast live on Comcast channel 12, WAVE channel 3, the BKAT website and Facebook (please note: there is no physical location for this meeting. Board members and staff will all participate remotely).
Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council
Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 3:00 pm
KRCC is holding its monthly Board Meeting/Public hearing on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. All meetings are currently being held via Zoom and board meetings are open to the public.

The Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council (KRCC) is the council of local governments for Kitsap County in Washington State. KRCC members collaborate on regional transportation and land use decisions.
Central Kitsap Community Council Meeting
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 5:00 pm
The public is invited to attend July's meeting with Commissioner Ed Wolfe and other CK Community Leaders as we discuss issues of importance for Central Kitsap residents and businesses. July topics include the CK Fire & Rescue EMS Levy, the Chico Way fish barrier removal, zoning updates and the transportation impact fee study.
Business Resources
AWB Transportation Regional Meeting
at Silverdale Chamber - Kitsap Mall
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 8:30 am
Transportation is key to a healthy, functioning economy. To get input from the business community on a possible legislative transportation package, AWB is hosting 10 transportation listening sessions in cooperation with chambers of commerce across the state. All are invited to attend.

“We usually reach out to employers when a statewide package is being considered,” said AWB Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis, “and given the passage of the cap-and-trade program and the low-carbon fuel standard, a potential federal infrastructure package, and the governor’s vetoes, we want to check in with members to see what everyone is thinking.”
Job Search Requirements Reinstated in July
Those on unemployment benefits in Washington will need to show proof that they're looking for a job starting this month. 

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) is reinstating the job search requirement in July. The requirement was suspended at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it will be reinstated now that the economy is recovering, according to ESD. 

Innovating Around the Labor Shortage
The pandemic forced the hospitality industry to adapt and innovate. Some changes were temporary, but others are now permanent fixtures in a business environment that is forcing operators to stay as lean as they can. In March, the Washington Hospitality Association hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss innovative practices that Washington businesses were using to thrive during the pandemic. Find out what those participants are saying now that Washington is fully open for business.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Washington is Open for Business!
June 30 has finally come and gone, which means the state is now fully open. Washington hospitality businesses are allowed to reopen and serve guests at full capacity.

Washington Hospitality Association President and CEO Anthony Anton held a press conference last Tuesday to celebrate the reopening of the state.

“We’re excited, from 12:01 tonight, to welcome back hospitality to the state of Washington in its full form,” Anton said. “If you haven’t planned your summer vacation, places from Walla Walla to Long Beach to Downtown Seattle would be excited to have people coming back.”

While the state is fully open for all industries, there are still some guidelines in place.

Venue restrictions

Venue restrictions such as 6-foot social distancing, sanitation, and capacity limits are lifted as of today. Bar seating is allowed. Condiments are allowed at tables. Meetings and conferences can resume, and entertainment like dancing and bowling can return to full capacity.

There are a few exceptions to the reopening guidelines:
  • Large indoor events with more than 10,000 people confined to indoor space are capped at 75% capacity. Masks are required for all attendees although no physical distancing is required.
  • Events that have a vaccine verification process for attendees are allowed to operate at 100% capacity.

Mask guidance

While it is exciting to be fully open again, vaccination rates are continuing to lag in many areas of the state. The sudden spread of the delta variant is pushing some county public health officials to urge residents to continue indoor mask use. The association recommends businesses follow statelocal, and CDC guidance to help keep employees and guests safe.

The Washington Hospitality Association will continue to work with the governor’s office and share the most recent information as policies and guidelines are updated.

COVID-19 Vaccine
Silverdale Visitor Center
Farmer's Market at St. Michael Medical Campus
Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A new addition to the "shop local" landscape is the Farmer's Market at St. Michael Medical Center. The market is located in the Healing Garden on the medical center campus, directly outside the new Orozco Cafe and will run on Wednesdays through October 6th. This week's vendors include Courter Country Farm, Willowfell Farm, Divine Culinary, Little Bee Home, Sallies Clay and Sylling's Elderberry.

1800 NW Myhre Road
Silverdale, WA 98383
Not Too Late to Get Your Rotary Duck
Ducks for Silverdale Rotary's Annual Duck Race are now on sale from area Rotarians! Ducks are also available for purchase at the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center, located in the Kitsap Mall near Macy's.

The Silverdale Rotary Club hosts the annual Duck Race during Whaling Days, held the last weekend of July at the Silverdale Waterfront. When you purchase duck tickets you are contributing to programs that support our community.

Buying duck tickets changes lives. Thanks to community sponsorship and volunteer support, all money raised goes directly to programs that impact the lives of those in need. From feeding homeless children, supporting the Teen Center at the Haselwood Family YMCA, and Stand Up For Kids, to providing scholarships for graduating High School Seniors, dictionaries to 3rd Graders or supporting Corey’s Day at the Farm, the Silverdale Rotary Club supports our youth.

Community Information
Bridging Bremerton
Saturday, July 10, 2021, 2:00 pm
It's a Story Walk for the ages. On Saturdays in July, Kitsap Sun Reporter Josh Farley will host the third annual Bridging Bremerton, festivities that celebrate Bremerton's two bridges and all of the artifacts along the 3-mile trail that surround them. All walks will begin at 2 p.m. at locations around the bridge-to-bridge trail. All walks are free, just RSVP to josh.farley@kitsapsun.com or on Facebook and be prepared to walk about three miles!

2:00 pm, July 10. Meet Me in Manette: We'll explore the history of Manette and the bridge that connected it to Bremerton, then head on our traditional bridge-loop walk. Artist Jonathan "Fro" Perry and a team of artists will be painting the Manette free-wall and we'll get a taste of their work.

Oh, and we've saved a party in Manette for the end, with a tour of the new Living Room Realty space and discounts from many Manette businesses and restaurants.
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