Mercer Island Chamber to discuss coalition building at January meeting

The 2017 Business of the Year will also be announced at the Jan. 11 luncheon.

Lori Otto Punke

Lori Otto Punke

Transportation, development and tax policy – at all levels of government – are among some of the critical issues impacting Island businesses. At its next meeting, the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce will help members understand how they can work with lawmakers to ensure their perspective is reflected in policy debates and outcomes.

Lori Otto Punke of LOP Strategies is the featured speaker at the chamber’s January luncheon, to be held from 12-1 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Community and Event Center. She will discuss effective advocacy and coalition building with the Mercer Island business community.

Punke, an Island resident, is a veteran public affairs leader with experience both in government and for local companies, including Starbucks and Microsoft.

The chamber will also announce its 2017 Business of the Year award recipient at the January luncheon.

RSVP by registering online through the chamber’s website under its calendar tab, or email info@mercerislandchamberofcommerce.org.

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