June 11, 2020
One of the core activities of any effective chamber of commerce is government relations. Whether it is known as advocacy, lobbying or external affairs, the essence is to have a pro-business impact on legislative and executive governmental decisions. Any government relations effort is enhanced by citizen participation. In the case of chambers, activating members can provide enormous benefits to lobbying effectiveness and member satisfaction.
That is why your Government Relations Team is looking at new ways to expand communications with Chamber members and further involve you in our work.
We are creating a mechanism to activate direct member participation in lobbying and other policy outreach efforts, but first we need to identify those of you who are willing to participate through a quick survey. This survey, in addition to gauging your interest in getting involved, will help us determine the counties, cities and districts where you vote. Because elected officials are particularly motivated by communications from their constituents, this data is critical to the effort.
Once the data is assembled and loaded, willing members can be activated at a moment’s notice to mail a letter, send an email, make a call, send a text, tweet or retweet, like a message, or participate in any other activity that might further a cause. Having home address allows our team to contact specific members who are the constituents of the elected official we need to reach.
The ability to multiply your voice is critical and will dramatically enhance the effectiveness of our government relations efforts and lead to an even more business-friendly environment. It will also allow members to be better informed and participate directly in the democratic process.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the survey linked below. If you already participate in our government relations efforts through Champion Advocates, please continue to fill out the survey so that we can ensure we have your most up-to-date information.
Senior Vice President of Government Relations
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