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Obama appoints Wash. league exec. to SBA post
SEATTLE (12/14/09)--The White House announced Thursday the appointment of Calvin Goings, senior policy adviser to the Washington Credit Union League and former Washington state senator, as regional administrator for the Small Business Administration (SBA), overseeing Region X headquartered in Seattle with offices in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. “Calvin Goings’s experience and drive to help small businesses succeed, including credit unions, makes him a clear choice to lead the administration’s Pacific Northwest small business initiatives,” said John Annaloro, league president/CEO. “The Washington state and national credit union communities are extremely proud; we look forward to our continued work with the administration.” Goings has spent nearly his entire professional life in public service. In 1996, Goings became the youngest state senator to ever be elected in Washington. Between 1996 and 2001, he rose to vice-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee where he supported investment in infrastructure projects to bolster the local economy, and also statewide legislation to support small businesses. In 2000, Goings was elected to Pierce County (Wash.) Council, where he focused on economic development, workforce training, small-business investments and industrial land preservation. “I am honored to be joining the Obama Administration and the SBA to implement the White House plan to support small business expansion in these difficult times,” Goings said. “Working with small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, we can fully realize President Obama’s plan for reinvigorating our economy.” Goings rejoined the Washington league early this year. From 1998 to 2001, he served as executive director of the credit union trade association’s 501(c) (3) philanthropic arm--the Washington Credit Union Foundation. In the span of his nearly 20 years in public life, Goings has earned many honors and awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Washington Jaycees, the Citation of Leadership from the Small Business Incubator, and the Excellence in Community Service citation from the Puyallup/South Hill Rotary.
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