Congressman Adam Smith

Representing the 9th District of Washington

Local Economy and Business

Economy

Several years after our country was thrust into the worst economic crisis in generation, the outlook in Washington State and many areas throughout the United States is gradually improving.  Congress responded to the crisis with multiple initiatives to prevent a much deeper economic disaster, but we are not out of the woods yet.  There is still much work to do to create good jobs, lower the employment rate, and create the conditions that encourage Washington State businesses to grow.

Government cannot create the spark of ingenuity for a new product nor the drive to turn a good idea into a flourishing business venture.  However, it is critical that government create an environment that encourages new enterprises to be launched and the conditions for businesses of all sizes to succeed.

It is essential that government work to support the education of a world-class workforce for the challenges of today and opportunities of tomorrow, reward innovation, get our deficit under control, and improve our aging infrastructure to meet the needs of the modern economy.  We must set the stage for successful entrepreneurship and growth today and in the future.

Congress also has a responsibility to address our fiscal issues in a balanced and effective way that strengthens the fundamentals of our economy. We need to take steps to address our long-term budget challenges while making the smart investments in the future that workers and industry need.  

There is a tremendous amount of work to be done to implement sound, forward-thinking policies focused on job creation, growing the economy, supporting businesses, and strengthening the middle class.  Policy and business leaders must work together to advance the competitiveness of U.S. products, spur innovation, and provide global leadership now and into the future.

Small Business

Successful small businesses are the backbone of a healthy economy.  In 2016, small businesses made up 98% of Washington State’s employers, accounting for nearly 52% of private-sector jobs in the state.  We look to the small business community for innovative technologies and practices, job creation for the new economy, and the advancement of American competitiveness in the 21st century.  In tough economic times, it is more important than ever that we provide the assistance that our small businesses need.  An effective relationship and dialogue with the federal government is critical to the success and growth of small business.  I strongly believe in economic policies that spur small business growth, including sound tax policies and programs that make it easier to wade through the various regulations and paperwork often required to do business with the federal government.

I have met with local businesses throughout the 9th Congressional District in order to stay informed about the needs and concerns of small business. I have hosted regular Small Business Forums, which have focused on small business access to capital, credit and loan guarantee programs, and capacity building in areas such as social media.  My office also coordinates Grants and Procurement workshops, through which we have helped to educate hundreds of local business leaders about all of the steps necessary to become competitive for federal contracts, and these events have helped to level the playing field between small business and large corporations. 

Throughout my career in Congress, I have supported legislation that encourages small business growth. In March 2012, I supported the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which was signed into law by Former President Obama.  The bill included important provisions designed to help small, innovative startup companies get access to the capital they need to succeed. I am also supportive of my colleague Rep. Suzan DelBene’s Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2017 which directs the Office of Women's Business Ownership within the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide annual training geared towards helping women-owned businesses to start, operate, and grow, their small business.

Our region is home to one of the leading innovation based economies in the country and it is critical that small, innovative startup companies have needed flexibility to grow.

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More on Local Economy and Business

Oct 19, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Smith introduced the Protecting Airport Communities from Particle Emissions Act. Recent studies have indicated that ultrafine particles (UFPs) from a variety of sources could have detrimental impacts on human health.

Oct 18, 2017 Event

Congressman Adam Smith
Invites you to attend his upcoming Grants Workshop 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
8:30am– 12:00 pm
​The Ethiopian Community In Seattle (ECS)
8323 Rainier Ave. S.,
Seattle, WA 98118

Don’t miss this FREE opportunity to learn best practices when applying for federal grants.

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. The ranking members of six House committees sent a letter to their Republican counterparts and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan urging them to allow H.R. 3548 – the Republican bill authorizing the costly, destructive expansion of the border wall – to be considered for amendment in each of their respective committees before the bill goes to the full House for consideration.

Oct 10, 2017 Press Release

“Dismantling the Clean Power Plan is a direct attack on the health of Americans and the future of our climate. As the very real impacts of climate change continue to devastate vulnerable communities both at home and abroad, the United States cannot ignore our responsibility to defend the environment against the harmful effects of pollution.

Oct 5, 2017 Press Release

Congress has a responsibility to put forth a budget that expands opportunities for American families to prosper. We must invest in education, affordable health care, rebuilding our collapsing infrastructure, and growing our economy for everyone. The Democratic budget proposals offered this week on the House Floor would do just that.   

Oct 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced H.R. 3923, the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, legislation to reform the systemic problems in our immigration detention system. Our current system is inhumane, unjust, and driven by private, for-profit corporations like The GEO Group, which operates the Northwest Detention Center located in Tacoma, Washington.

Sep 24, 2017 Event

Join Congressman Adam Smith for a Town Hall Meeting

Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith is looking forward to meeting with constituents to hear their concerns, answer questions and discuss issues facing Congress.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Newport High School
4333 Factoria Blvd SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
United States

Space is limited so please RSVP if you are able to attend.

Sep 15, 2017 Event

Congressman Adam Smith
Invites you to attend his

Procurement Workshop
Friday, September 15, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm
Federal Way Community Center
876 S 333rd St., Federal Way, WA 98063

You are invited to join other interested small business owners for a morning event to learn about government contracting opportunities and various resources to small businesses. 

Sep 14, 2017 Press Release

“Freight infrastructure is critical to our future growth and competitiveness,” said Congressman Smith. “Investments in our freight transportation system support our continued economic development by expanding our capacity to transport goods and providing opportunities for job creation across the country.”

Sep 5, 2017 Press Release

"Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is irresponsible and contradicts who we are as Americans. DACA provides deportation relief to almost 800,000 immigrants, nearly 18,000 of who live in Washington state. These immigrant youth, known as DREAMers, represent a generation of immigrants who were brought to our country as children, through no fault of their own. Today, DREAMers are actively pursuing the American dream in many fields, including serving as members of the Armed Forces, and becoming teachers and doctors.

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