There are several changes under way for the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee. Previously known as the Regional Issues Committee, this group isn’t just undergoing a name change, but a complete re-structuring.
“The Public Affairs Committee will have a stronger focus, studying in detail issues members think the Chamber should take a position on,” Chamber President/CEO Craig Whitney says. “At the end of the day, the question we will ask about every one of these issues is how will it affect business and what is good for business, because that is what we are all about.”
The committee has met for the past few months to prepare for the changes, which will go into effect in September. According to Public Affairs Coordinator Kelli Poehls, the committee spent the summer collecting information and identifying issues that may affect members.
The committee has identified six overarching topics that will be the focus of the newly formed sub-committees. The sub-committees will include regulatory tax benefits, transportation/infrastructure, work force and education, health care, metro cooperation and environment/natural resources/energy and water. A seventh sub-committee on military affairs is still in the works.
These sub-committees will be responsible for detailing and providing clarity on issues within their focus to the Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee, Board of Directors and members. Poehls is excited to see how the role of the Public Affairs Committee will expand through the use of these new sub-committees.
“I see the Public Affairs Committee answering the question of why are these topics important and what will we do about it,” Poehls says.
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