The Chamber is the voice of the business community. With the strength of 1,000-plus member businesses, representing over 63,000 employees, we offer influence and advocacy to position our community and region for economic growth and success. This means supporting issues and candidates that create an environment where businesses can thrive and prosper.
Our efforts in government affairs are as important as those in economic development and education in transforming our community. Since 2008, the Chamber has endorsed school board candidates, and in 2011, we endorsed candidates in municipal races. Over the years, we’ve taken positions on issues important to business like the South Shore 90x2020 initiative, daylight-saving time, local government reform and tax ordinances.
Legislative Affairs Council
The Legislative Affairs Council's mission is to review, debate and make recommendations to the Chamber’s board and executive committee on governmental or public policy issues that affect the economic growth of the region. The council looks at local, regional, state and federal issues.
Political Evaluation Committee
The Chamber’s Political Evaluation Committee is comprised of a bipartisan group of business leaders who convene, when called upon, to execute the evaluation process of political candidates for endorsement consideration by ChamberPAC, the Chamber’s Political Action Committee. The established evaluation process is like that of a job interview where candidates first apply and then go through a series of interviews to be “hired,” or in this case, endorsed.
For the endorsement process, three key components are included: the completion of a candidate questionnaire, an interview with members of the Political Evaluation Committee and participation at public candidate forums. Upon candidates’ completion of this process, the Political Evaluation Committee makes their endorsement recommendations to ChamberPAC.
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