• From the Chamber: Chamber Advocates for Business Community

    One of the most important functions of the Chamber is to be a Champion for local businesses and a Convener of leaders. Those roles lead us to be active in advocating for good public policy. The Chamber monitors proposed legislation and regulatory proceedings and comments on behalf of the business community when appropriate to ensure decisions are well informed as to their impacts (for good or ill) on the ability of businesses to operate successfully. The Chamber regularly updates our members about proposed legislation/regulations that will impact their operations or the general business environment.

    As we represent local employers in this arena, we seek to ensure elected officials and their staffs understand and consider the impacts of their decisions on the economic health of our community. To that end, the Chamber’s Board recently took steps to add additional structure to our advocacy work.

    Business & Government Roundtable 
    The Chamber recently launched a new Business & Government Roundtable to lead our work in political/regulatory advocacy. It is a forum for public and private leaders to explore issues and alternatives.  

    The Roundtable develops an annual policy statement document (see below), makes recommendations to the Chamber Board on local or state ballot measures, and meets with key government representatives to receive updates and provide feedback.   

    Public Policy Framework
    We initially identified six areas of emphasis to guide our advocacy work. We believe that if the community gets these issues right, businesses will be able to successfully operate and grow, leading to economic vitality, ensuring Santa Maria is the Central Coast community of choice to live and work.

    The initial areas of emphasis include Business Competitiveness, Community Development, Employee Relations, Environment, Infrastructure, and Workforce Preparedness/Education.

    The full public policy framework can be found on the Chamber’s website at https://santamaria.com/business-and-government-roundtable. Chamber members interested in serving on the Business/Government Roundtable, or organizations that wish to present to the Roundtable should contact Glenn Morris at the Chamber.

    Glenn Morris,
    President/CEO, Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce