As the largest business organization in WNC, we are dedicated to serving as a voice for business and advocating to create a business-friendly environment. Corey Atkins, our VP of Public Policy, leads this effort on a local, state, and federal level through public policy forums, legislative receptions, and legislative visits. Our Advocacy & Policy Committee also plays a key role in pushing these initiatives forward.
Over the last year, we’re proud to have made significant strides in public policy. We secured funding for the I-26 Connector, an infrastructure vital for regional growth. We successfully lobbied for teacher pay increases, expanded economic incentives, and a Brunch Bill that loosens restrictions on alcohol sales.
Here’s a complete list of how we’ve spoken for business in the past year:
Connecting with elected officials:
At these annual events, members had the chance to meet face-to-face with elected officials and discuss business.
Explorations of issues:
We gathered members across the region to strategize on emerging trends and issues.
60+ members of our Advocacy & Policy Committee created and shared a legislative agenda.
We’ve partnered with the community to deepen our understanding and problem-solve for the future.
If you are interested in getting more involved with the Chamber’s public policy, contact Corey Atkins.