OMB’s Government Affairs Program is actively working to stay on top of current issues and proposed regulations that affect the building industry in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. The purpose of the program is to research development codes, ordinances and proposed regulations. OMB works with local city and county jurisdictions by developing closer relationships in order to effectively represent the industry and find solutions to your concerns.

In order to preserve private property rights and promote the protection of business interests vital to OMB members, OMB’s Government Affairs program engages in the local legislative process in many ways. Government Affairs staff engage local officials to advocate on behalf of OMB members to ensure your collective voice is heard on issues. We track, research and analyze issues and regulations affecting the building industry, and based on guidance from our Government Affairs Committee, attend planning commission, city and county council meetings to be able to keep OMB members updated on the status of these issues. We also testify at these meetings, and help brief OMB members if they wish to speak at one of these meetings, or wish to meet individually with an elected official. Cultivating relationships with building officials, politicians, and business and community leaders, can take a lot of time and effort, but OMB helps to build those meaningful relationships for you.