Josh Phillips, one of the owners of Spawn Fly Fish in Ilwaco, Washington, recently traveled to Washington DC to testify in Congress on the challenges facing rural small businesses. Phillips spoke before the Small Business Committee about the need for clean waterways, access to public lands, the lack of infrastructure and housing in rural communities, as well as the need for more government support for small businesses in these areas.
Congresswoman MGP, who represents Phillips' district, was present for his testimony and spoke in support of his concerns.
"I'm glad that Josh was able to come to Washington DC and share his story," Congresswoman MGP said. "The challenges that he faces are real, and they're a problem for small businesses all across our district. I'm committed to working with Congress to find solutions to these challenges."
Phillips' testimony was well-received by members of the Small Business Committee, and it is clear that his concerns are being heard. Congresswoman MGP is committed to working with Congress to find solutions to the challenges facing rural small businesses, and Phillips' testimony will help to inform this work.
In addition to the challenges of infrastructure and housing, Phillips also spoke about the need for more public land access and recreational fishing opportunities in rural communities.
"Public land access is essential for small businesses like mine," Phillips said. "We rely on public lands for fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities. Without access to these lands, our businesses would suffer."
Phillips also spoke about the need for more recreational fishing opportunities in rural communities.
"Recreational fishing is a great way to attract tourists and boost the local economy," Phillips said. "But we need more access to fishing waters, and we need to make sure that these waters are well-managed and protected."
Congresswoman MGP agreed with Phillips' concerns about public land access and recreational fishing opportunities.
"We need to make sure that everyone has access to public lands," Congresswoman MGP said. "And we need to make sure that these lands are well-managed so that we can enjoy them for generations to come."
Phillips' testimony was a powerful reminder of the challenges facing rural small businesses. But it was also a hopeful sign that these challenges are being heard and that solutions are being sought. With the support of Congresswoman MGP and other members of Congress, Phillips and other small business owners in rural communities can continue to thrive.