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Chamber chugs to depot
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.