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October 2, 2023

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Congrats to these amazing members on being featured in The Seattle Times Best in The PNW!

Best in the PNW is the culmination of months of regional nominations and voting to determine gold, silver and bronze winners in 282 categories. We recognize the hard work and dedication of our members and want to congratulate them!

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City of Gig Harbor Announces new Interactive Parking Map

The City of Gig Harbor has created an interactive parking map. To view the map and parking locations visit:

City of Gig Harbor Business Listening Session - Nov 1

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Location: Council Chambers at City Hall

The city is launching on a process improvement mission, and they want to hear from Businesses on the challenges they have experienced when working with the city departments and how the experience might be improved. Of course, hearing what is working well is also appreciated so they know what processes to leave alone. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this important meeting. To set the expectation, this is a listening session and not meant to be a 2-way conversation. They might ask clarifying questions if needed, however those are rare.

Being in person and sharing your story is very powerful, so we want to encourage you to attend. If you are not able to attend, your story is still very important and ask that you write up your experience and email it to Miriam Battson ([email protected]), and she will share it on your behalf. 

State proposes 4.9% increase in workers' comp rates for 2024

Costs going up: The state Department of Labor and Industries has proposed a 4.9% average rate increase for workers' compensation insurance in 2024. As in past years, AWB warns that the proposed rate increase will only add to the rising list of expenses for employers. 

  • The proposal is an average rate increase across industry sectors, and some businesses may see a rate increase as high as 20% and others may get no increase. 

Employer’s perspective: “This may seem like a small increase when viewed alone, but it follows multiple years of rate hikes," AWB President Kris Johnson said. "Over the last two years, workers’ comp rates have increased nearly 10% in Washington while other states continue to lower their rates."

  • Washington state has the nation’s highest workers’ compensation benefits paid per worker, according to the 2023 Competitiveness Redbook.

Giving input: Public hearings on the proposed rate increases will be held Oct. 26, 27 and 31. Final rates will be adopted on Nov. 30 and go into effect on the first day of 2024. L&I has more.

Artificial Intelligence — a workforce threat or solution?



Since the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, artificial general intelligence (AGI) has been front-page news and a conversational topic. AI has already been widely adopted in numerous forms, including auto-correct and Roomba vacuums. Artificial general intelligence (AGI), such as ChatGPT, has the potential to multiply productivity and perform tasks that currently require advanced learning and complex thinking skills. AGI’s known and unknown aspects have sparked fear and excitement among workers, business leaders, and policymakers.

At the AWB Policy Summit in Spokane last week, Zack Kass, an AI advisor and speaker, delivered a promising future for the potential and limitations of AGI. Kass spoke of leading scientific breakthroughs to cure cancer and Alzheimer’s and amazing productivity gains that can enhance job satisfaction. The same week, Federal Reserve Board Governor Lisa Cook cast cautious optimism on AGI’s potential to turbocharge worker productivity and impact economic policies. AGI could be a timely answer to slow productivity gains and the long-term labor crisis addressed in the Wall Street Journal this week.

However, the transition to using AGI should require extraordinary care due to public perceptions of potential threats, which may prompt unnecessary limitations to AGI’s progress. Kass cautioned that progress on AGI is not only an economic issue but also a national security issue. China is proactively investing in AGI development, while the West’s efforts are collaborative among several private organizations. Policymakers at state and federal levels are beginning to respond to public perception and AGI’s potential.

In a speech before the AFL-CIO Convention in 1960, President John F. Kennedy spoke of the revolution of automation as one that “carries the dark menace of industrial dislocation, increasing unemployment, and deepening poverty. We now stand at a new historical dawn as our world faces a “hyper-quantum” leap forward. AGI is demonstrating exponential growth and opening an unforeseen future, just as Kennedy launched the space race to compete with the USSR in 1962, which delivered many collateral innovations to benefit industry and Americans’ day-to-day lives.

WR’s government affairs team is working diligently to stay informed on these topics and listening to members’ concerns to help steer a smooth transition on AGI technologies and policies.

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Chamber Calendar



Membership Luncheon | Annual Meeting

Join the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce for our Monthly Membership Luncheon featuring the Annual Meeting and Board Installment.

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Join our weekly Public Affairs Forum! This week we will be at a new location, and registration is required to attend. No Zoom option for this meeting will be available as this meeting is in-person only. Latitude 47 will be catering, so RSVPs are appreciated.



Join us for a Business After Hours event for an informative talk about The Harbor Hill Environmental Sanctuary with speaker Bill Lewallen. Join us for this Octoberfest-themed event!

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Join our weekly Public Affairs Forum! This PAF will return to its regular location at Gig Harbor Court.

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What's Happening in the Harbor?



December 1

Peninsula Art League Open Juried Show

The Peninsula Art League (PAL) is honored to bring local, national and international artists to the Pacific Northwest for its 21st Open Juried Show October 7, 2023–December 1, 2023 at the Gig Harbor History Museum Wednesdays - Saturdays, 11AM - 4PMFor more information, visit our website at



PenMet Parks, Scarecrow Festival

Presented by Schulte & Co, The Neighborhood Experts, this event is a Fall tradition, featuring a full day of family FUN for everybody.

  • Hay rides and petting zoo provided by Miracle Ranch
  • Pumpkin carving demos
  • Pumpkin launcher
  • Music from the Shy Boys
  • Food trucks
  • Local Makers market
  • Bounce house, inflatable carnival games, and more!

Please bring non-perishable food or personal care items to donate through the Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor to the Peninsula FISH Food Bank.



Registrations Now Open for the 2023 Narrows Challenge in Gig Harbor

The excitement is building as registrations open for the highly anticipated 2023 Narrows Challenge, hosted by the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team. Scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2023, this premier water sports event promises a day of challenging competition and community spirit against the backdrop of Gig Harbor and the Narrows Passage. Learn more and register now using this link:



Gig Harbor Macaroni Kid Trunk or Treat

It's going to be a SPOOKTACULAR time at the Gig Harbor Macaroni Kid Trunk or Treat event! 🚗🎃Gather your little ghouls and goblins, and head to Gig Harbor High School for a night of fun, candy, and costume magic. $2 Donation per child is greatly appreciated!



Emerging Multicultural Leader Experience Event

Regional EMLE is an immersive learning opportunity tailored to elevate the experiences of employees of color, foster a sense of belonging, and develop the skills necessary for participants to succeed. Participants will explore strategies for fostering belonging, and tools to break down structural racism across our communities. Join them on Friday Oct 19th and 20th 8am-5pm at The Landmark Convention Center. Learn more by visiting this link.



Fall Family Night!

Enjoy activities and crafts as well as some spooky tales!



Job Fair at Tacoma Community College, Gig Harbor campus

This event will bring opportunities and resources to people in the Gig Harbor & Key Peninsula areas of Pierce County. This event will be held on Friday, October 27th, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Interested employers can register to participate here: Employer Registration for TCC Gig Harbor Job Fair on October 27th (



Rattle Dem Bones Halloween Bike Ride and Costume Contest.

Come join in for a bike ride and costume contest! Proceeds go towards The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation's Community Recreation Fund. early bird pricing is open now! Register at: Rattle Dem Bones - Halloween Bike Ride (



Trick or Treat in the Harbor

Bring your little monsters and superheroes to trick or treat along the waterfront!



6th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

To feature your upcoming event in our newsletter, please send any marketing material and event details before 10:00 a.m. on Mondays to Katie Johnson, at [email protected]. Thank you.

Office Hours

The Chamber office will now be open on weekends!

Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm



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