Government Affairs Council and Standing Committees

The five topical Government Affairs committees and the Government Affairs Council meet throughout the year to discuss community initiatives, legislation, ballot issues, and to recommend positions to the Board. These committees are open to all Chamber members and it is your input that makes our advocacy effective. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the corresponding staff manager, listed below.

See 2014 meeting dates.

Government Affairs Council

Chair: Jim May, Mercy Health Partners
Staff Manager: Jason Kershner | | 513.579.3120
The Government Affairs Council (GAC) serves as the governing body over all five policy subcommittees. The GAC also reviews ballot issues and tax levies, and makes position recommendations to the Chamber's Board of Directors.


Chair: Jake Stremmel, HDNR
Staff Manager: Megan Hube | | 513.579.3153

The Transportation Committee will focus on a number of federal, state and local issues. These include the reauthorization of six-year federal transportation legislation, the Brent Spence Bridge project, and identifying sustainable transportation project funding streams.

Education & Workforce Development

Chair: Brooks Parker, Messer Construction
Staff Manager: Megan Hube | | 513.579.3153

The Workforce & Education Development Committee provides commentary and insight on issues pertaining to employment, training, and workforce development. In 2013, the committee will focus on streamlining and coordinating federal and state workforce programs to match the actual needs of employers.

Energy & Environment

Chair: Michael Pahutski, Duke Energy
Vice-Chair: Andrew Quinn, Ilsco
Staff Manager: Megan Hube | | 513.579.3153

The Energy & Environment Committee provides commentary and insight on federal, state, and local environmental legislation and regulations.

Tax & Finance

Chair: Mike Perry, Incite Visual
Vice-Chair: Matt Barney, Messer Construction

Staff Manager: Megan Hube | | 513.579.3153
The Tax & Finance Committee evaluates tax policy at all levels of government that impact business. In 2013, the committee will focus on state tax expenditures, severance tax modernization, and federal tax credits impacting the Cincinnati USA region.


Chair: Mary Miller, JANCOA
Vice-Chair: Chris Schubart, Humana

Staff Manager: Megan Hube | | 513.579.3153
The Healthcare Committee provides policy direction to the Chamber on issues related to health, surfaces ideas for health related service that the Chamber may be able to provide to its members, and works to introduce the concept of best practices in both the health and wellness arenas.

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