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2016 PROGRAM OF ACTION Government & Community Development Division Mission: To represent the interest of the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce business community regarding legislative and regulatory issues influencing the economic vitality of the area at the local, state and federal levels. Provide support and recommendations on issues affecting the business community. Governmental Affairs Committee • Represent business interest before the Indiana General Assembly, the United States Congress and any State or Federal regulatory bodies, if needed • Maintain and strengthen the effectiveness of a grass roots network within the Chamber leadership to communicate the Chamber’s position to City/County Councils, State or Federal elected officials • Provide Chamber members the opportunity to meet with local elected officials through the following avenues: • Conduct 2 Third House Sessions (Michigan City Chamber) • Elected Officials Reception • Support efforts made by the downtown Business Improvement District board of directors. • Monitor local government issues and pursue specific issues when appropriate. • Continue to cultivate our relationship with the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce, Westville, Wanatah and Hanna Chambers of Commerce, adopting joint resolutions and meeting regularly to discuss issues of mutual concern. • Participate in regional government-related issues, perhaps through the efforts of the Northwest Indiana Forum. • Maintain open line of communication with area state lawmakers, and influence lawmakers on relevant legislation affecting local and state business entities. • Enhance relationship with state-based business advocacy groups like the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Manufacturers Association and the Indiana Federation of Chambers Northwest Indiana Chambers, and North Central Indiana Chambers Coalition. • Monitor and participate in position statements adopted by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. • Work with State and Local Government to secure truck routes around La Porte developing an Economic Development Corridor. 10


2016 - 2017 La Porte Buyers Guide and Membership Directory
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