2018 Legislative Agenda
Advocacy is a critical piece of the work the Chamber does on behalf of the business community in the South Bend Region. The Chamber staff and volunteers work closely with local, state and federal elected officials on priorities aimed at improving the overall business climate, developing the needed infrastructure to move product and people, and building the right environment for attracting and retaining top talent. The Chamber will track many other local, state and federal priorities this coming year, but the following rank as the Top 2018 Priorities.
South Shore Double-Track and Airport Relocation Projects
Support the allocation of federal funds for the completion of the Double-Track Project in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties and the allocation of federal and local funds for the relocation of the track in South Bend from its current location to the west side of the South Bend International Airport.
Completion of US 31
Support funding for the completion of US 31 between US 20 in South Bend and Interstate 465 in Carmel to freeway standards. Funding is needed for the elimination of five traffic signals and two railroad crossings, as well as other traffic and safety improvements.
Support the expansion of services and facilities at the South Bend International Airport. The airport is a critical driver of economic activity and new routes will open new business opportunities and assist with our efforts to attract top talent to the region.
Workforce is a critical need of our employers. As such, we’ll work closely with the Governor’s Office and Legislature on priorities that will help develop the talent pipeline and assist with the retraining of workers for new and growing fields.
Regional Development Tax Credit
Support the development of this program at the state level. This is the follow-up to the Regional Cities Program. We’ve joined our partners from the other major metro areas in advocating for this development tool that could be critical to efforts to develop and redevelop our urban areas.
Local Government Modernization
The full implementation of property tax caps in 2019 will put additional pressure on the budgets of our school corporations and local government units. The Chamber supports initiatives to improve efficiencies and reduce operating costs in preparation for the budget crunch that will soon follow.