Advocacy & Outreach
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 Chamber members it is vital that your voice is heard on local, state and national legislative and public policy issues. With thousands of bills introduced each year it can be difficult to determine which bills can impact you and who to contact to make your opinion count. The same standard applies to local and statewide elections and ballot initiatives.
The Chamber strives to review federal and state legislation and make our members aware of proposed laws that could have an impact, good or bad, on their business and on Northwest Arkansas. On occasion the Chamber will need your help in implementing beneficial legislation and stopping harmful bills from becoming law.
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.
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