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The Chamber strives to review local, state and federal legislation/elections and make our members aware of proposed laws that could have an impact, good or bad, on their business and on Northwest Arkansas.
Government affects business through taxation, regulation, infrastructure development, and policy direction. It is one of the biggest influences on business, and a positive business climate can be the difference between success and failure. Business pays attention to government, but too often they do not have the resources or time to provide the commitment it deserves given the impact it has on the bottom line.
The role of the Government Affairs Division at the Chamber is to bring focus to those issues that can have a positive influence on business and to those issues that can be costly and unfriendly. The Government Affairs Division at the Chamber is the communication program between business and government that identifies priorities of business as well as quality-of-life issues. The division provides education and advocacy on the priorities of the membership to the proper government body.
The Chamber’s Government Affairs Division advocates for a regional legislative agenda at the state and national level using personal contact and consistent messaging with elected officials. As a Chamber member you can sign up to receive weekly email updates that provide updates on activities and issues occurring in Little Rock and Washington D.C. that could have an impact on your business. The Chamber also has a Government Affairs Committee that meets monthly to hear an update on policy and legislation and discuss government-related issues that are affecting their business.
As a member of the Chamber, the Government Affairs Division is your resource to local, state and federal government. Please contact Government Affairs staff to assist you in any way. Also, visit the Chamber's stand-alone advocacy and outreach website at www.rogerslowellvotes.com
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS STAFF
Michael Lindsey serves as senior vice president of Government Affairs at the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. Michael joined the Chamber in 2010 and represents its members at the local, state and federal government level. During the state legislative sessions, Michael is onsite at the state capitol advocating for the Chamber’s legislative agenda and assisting members to enact public policy and legislation that produces a stronger business environment and makes Northwest Arkansas a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Michael worked in investment banking where he specialized in public finance for municipal, school, county, and state government. In addition to his experience in banking, Michael has experience as a consultant for non-profit and public entities where he provided grant, project management, financial and budget services. He is a published author with an article and book on Arkansas history related topics and holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Vice President of Government Affairs
317 W. Walnut
Rogers, AR 72756