The Advocates: Get Involved and Make a Difference

Let’s Make a Difference, Together

Our Government Relations team works hard to advocate for our thriving community each and every day. The four-member team works tirelessly to build and nurture relationships at the federal, state and local levels, but we can’t do it without your help. Our work is member-driven, as we work to address our region’s critical issues and advocate for a healthy business environment.

How to Get Involved

Regional Policy Committee (RPC)

The Regional Policy Committee is a standing committee of the Chamber. The Committee is focused on analyzing public policy at the regional and local levels, which are important to the Chamber and the business community and making recommendations on those policies. The Committee’s caseload includes One Region Economic Recovery & Resiliency Roadmap, transportation and infrastructure, attainable housing, economic development and development processes. Scott Barhight, SVP of Government Relations, and I, along with active participation from the Regional Policy Committee members, advocate for the policies identified by the Committee before local governments throughout the region.

If you are interested in joining the Regional Policy Committee, please email me at bvincett@charlestonchamber.org.

Business Advocacy Committee (BAC)

George Ramsey, your Chamber’s lobbyist, is working at the State House every day of the Legislative Session to ensure the priority issues on the State Legislative Agenda get advanced. The BAC sets the legislative and executive priorities for the state and federal agendas and recommends policy positions to the Chamber’s Board and Executive Committee. The BAC also reviews significant regional and local policy recommendations from the Regional Policy Committee.

Although the BAC is by nomination only, full membership has the opportunity to recommend additions to the State Legislative Agenda at the end of August.

If you are interested in suggesting issues or bills for consideration by the BAC for the 2023 State Legislative Agenda, please email George Ramsey at gramsey@charlestonchamber.org.

Political Action Committee (PAC)

The PAC was established on September 15, 2000. It is a separate organization governed by the PAC board and staffed by the SVP of Government Relations and the Government Relations Coordinator. The PAC oversees the endorsement and campaign contribution process for state and local candidates in the Tri-county. The PAC also engages in fundraising to support the PAC’s activities. The PAC does not get involved with federal elections.

Any Chamber member can serve on the PAC interview teams. The interview teams are responsible for vetting and scoring candidates based on their alignment with the Chamber’s key policy priorities. This year’s PAC interviews will take place in September. If you are interested in serving on the PAC interview teams, please email me at bvincett@charlestonchamber.org.

Regional Housing Coalition (RHC)

The fourth member of the Government Relations team, Craig Logan, serves as the Housing Executive Fellow and leads the Regional Housing Coalition. The Regional Housing Coalition is the first of its kind in the area, forming connections within the Tri-county to build a regional effort for attainable housing. The Coalition will be open to all who share interests in creating solutions for the housing crisis in our region. The mission of the Regional Housing Coalition is to be a convener of community members, governments, for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations to unify the region’s efforts to provide attainable housing to all people, regardless of neighborhood or individual characteristics.

The inaugural meeting for the Coalition will be held next month. If you are interested in learning more about the Coalition and how you can be a part of this great group of individuals, please email Craig at clogan@charlestonchamber.org.

Coming Soon: Champion Advocates

Our four-member team is constantly looking for ways to amplify the business community’s voice and advance our policy priorities. Coming soon, “Champion Advocates” will leverage our volunteer leaders’ existing relationships with elected officials to create a grassroots lobbying arm of our team. Don’t have any relationships with elected officials? No problem, we will train you and offer opportunities through our ACCESS events to make those connections with your elected officials.

If you are interested in learning more about Champion Advocates, please email me at bvincett@charlestonchamber.org.

Bailey Vincett, Government Relations Coordinator
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