The Board of Directors approved the Chamber’s 2014 Public Policy Agenda at their meeting on May 14 (see link below for complete Agenda). The Agenda includes state and local items that bring focus to ways the area can be more business friendly, as well as support for pressing issues such as ensuring that the Garner Report (Pathways to Prosperity) is appropriately pursued, film incentives are renewed and a sustainable funding source for beach renourishment is identified.
“Our region is still recovering from the recession, so it remains even more important that our local government do what it can to help, not hinder, private-sector economic growth,” said Chamber Board Chairman Rickey Godwin (McGladrey LLP). “The Chamber’s Public Policy Agenda lets our legislators know which issues are of most concern to the business community and helps us to focus our efforts more effectively.”
Items comprising the Agenda were identified by Chamber members as being the most important to the overall economic health of the area. The items were determined through a survey of Chamber members and the work of a Public Policy Committee. The Chamber will present the Agenda to area representatives to the General Assembly, local elected officials, economic development groups and other decision makers during upcoming meetings. Strategies to move the Agenda forward will be developed from input received during these discussions.