Emerge Tampa Bay: How to Get Involved with the Chamber’s Legislative Priorities

Get Involved in the Chamber’s New Legislative Priorities for 2014

Keeping up with all that’s going on inside the world of local and statewide politics is a fulltime job – and then some. To help prioritize key issues, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce leverages the expertise of its Policy Council members. The council is composed of individuals who are at the forefront of innovation and progress in our region, state and nation. As a group, the members are responsible for identifying issues of high importance to the business community as an essential piece of the Chamber’s mission to communicate our region’s needs to our elected policy makers.

As an emerging leader, you too can help support the Chamber’s strategies to help make our community a better place to live, work and play. Use the following steps as a guide to help shape the future.

1. Educate yourself on priorities

Each year, the Chamber sets its strategic legislative priorities based upon insight from its Policy Council. On February 25, the council invited Emerge Tampa Bay members to its Legislative Kickoff event so we could learn about the Chamber’s priorities for 2014 while meeting members of the Florida Legislature and business community. Here are the top three priorities you need to learn more about:

Top Priorities

• Support a Florida-specific solution to health care reform of the Affordable Care Act, including a health care expansion plan that covers the low income, non-elderly adult Floridians.

• Support state investment in Tampa International Airport’s Master Plan, including the construction of a rental car center and an automated people mover.

• Support legislation to waive the residency requirement for veterans and their family members attending state colleges and universities.

Follow the buzz around these priorities by following #GTCCPolicy and downloading the Chamber’s full 2014 Legislative Agenda

2. Join VOICE
Voice is one of Emerge Tampa Bay’s four main segments that members can join. This group holds monthly meetings to help cultivate interest and involvement among young professionals on issues and policies affecting the Greater Tampa Bay community. The group also hosts several events each year to provide young professionals with access to community leaders. Interested in joining VOICE? We’d love to see you at our next meeting! Contact us

3. Take advocacy online
The Chamber recently launched Votility, a new online-based advocacy program, to amp up its ability to serve its members and the business community. It allows you log on and check out what bills the Chamber is tracking in Tallahassee and Washington. When action from you is needed, Votility allows you to contact your legislators with the click of a button with no need to search each member’s website for email addresses or to look up phone numbers. Votility also provides summaries and talking points on the bills, so you can quickly understand the importance of the bill to the Tampa business community.

Votility is a tool available to all Chamber members, free of charge. To get started, click here.

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About Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit business membership organization that helps promote the businesses and business interests of our members. We come from diverse backgrounds: from small businesses, big corporations, government bodies and the military. United, we become a single, unifying force with the power to shape the future of Tampa Bay.

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