Chamber chugs to depot

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NORTH BEND — The Upper Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of

Commerce recently packed up its North Bend Way office to ride the rails at

the North Bend Depot.

"The visibility is much better," said Chamber Director Susan Hankins.

"And when the train is running, we can offer brochures to the [27,000] riders."

Which would mean more exposure for businesses in the Snoqualmie

Valley, she added.

The 210-member Chamber was previously in an office space off

of North Bend Way — away from the city's downtown core. "It seemed

like a wonderful way to bring the Chamber into the city," said Richard

Anderson, a Chamber board member and the operations manager for the

Northwest Railway Museum. "So they're closer to the businesses they are supporting."

The Chamber signed a three-year lease agreement with the City of

North Bend for the office that once housed the Women, Infant and

Children (WIC) program. Hankins said the new arrangement works well for both

the Chamber and the city.

"This is positive for the city to have someone more visible at the

depot," she said regarding the recent cases

of vandalism at the station.

Not only does the depot hold the Chamber office and train ticket

booth, community organizations can also rent out the hall for functions. For

more information, call the City of North Bend at (425) 888-1211.

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