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UW rep to speak at chamber

ARLINGTON The director of state relations for the University of Washington, Randy Hodgins, will be guest speaker for the Nov. 13 Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Hodgins had extensive experience in Olympia when he was hired by the UW in 2004.
Randy Hodgins is a well-respected and extremely knowledgeable Olympia insider, and the university is fortunate to be able to benefit from his experience and political acumen, said UW President Lee L. Huntsman.
Important discussions are underway in Olympia about the future of higher education in this state, and Randy contributes a great deal to the conversation.
Hodgins is expected to shed some light on the upcoming decision of the state and the UW on locating a science and technology campus to serve the Northwest corner of Washington state, according to chamber director Becky Foster, who is an active member of the UW North Tri-County Coalition.
I expect we will learn about the economic benefits of having a college campus in the neighborhood, Foster said.
The lunch meeting starts at noon at Hawthorn Inn, 16710 Smokey Point Blvd., in Arlington.
As UWs Director of State Relations, Hodgins is the universitys chief representative to both the executive and legislative branches in Olympia. He is a key member of the administrative team advising the university president on legislative strategy and communicating to the university community about higher education issues in Olympia.
Hodgins served as senior staff coordinator in the Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee. He was the first person in that position to advise both Republican and Democratic committee chairs. He served first as a senior fiscal analyst from 1988-1991 and as budget coordinator from 1991-1996. Hodgins supervised a staff of 16 responsible for preparing the senates version of the state operating and capital budgets, as well as developing tax policy and pension policy proposals, and analyzing legislation for its fiscal impact. He holds a bachelors degree in general studies and a masters in public administration, both from the UW.
His previous employment includes one year as a management analyst in the personnel office for the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, and five years as a program analyst for the California State Legislature. Hodgins is the co-author of two books on regional popular culture, Seattle on Film and Wet and Wired: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Pacific Northwest.
The chamber vice president, Jim Lonneker, has been assisting the UW North Tri-County Coalition efforts to recruit the UW campus to Marysville.
We have offered our assistance to the 360 Group, which is leading the campaign for the city of Marysville, Lonneker said, adding the chamber is assisting the committee in identifying businesses in north county that would be able to provide experiential learning opportunities in engineering and mathematics for students at the proposed campus.
We are working to show that we have those opportunities here in north Snohomish County and in Skagit County, Lonneker said.
The chamber meeting will also include the State of the Chamber address from outgoing chamber president David Boulton as well as the election of officers and the board of directors for 2008.
Lunch is $15 if an RSVP is received by Monday. If not, the lunch is $20. RSVP to jennifer@arlington-smokeypointchamber.com or call 360-659-5453.

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