Since late 2005, the Chamber has played a key leadership role as part of a national coalition known as BESTT
(Business for Economic Security, Trade & Tourism) that actively advocates support at the federal and state levels for development of an enhanced suite drivers license for use as a valid travel document when crossing the border.
In cross-border the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber Commerce is building on its success with the BESTT
Coalition (Business for Economic Security, Tourism and Trade), which this year helped postpone implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, and led to enhanced drivers' licenses that can be used instead of passports.
This final report describes the activities and outcomes of Project BESTT
(Bilingual/ESL Special Education Teacher Training), a federally-funded program that provided training to 25 certified special education teachers selected from four rural school districts currently serving bilingual, minority group elementary children with disabilities.