April 10, 2012
Nearly 100 members call on Washington, DC and Columbus
Last month the Chamber took approximately 40 members to Washington, D.C. and 50 members to Columbus for its annual advocacy trips. The groups carried the voice of Cincinnati USA business to the halls of the Statehouse and Capitol Building, advocating for critical issues impacting our region. The Chamber's 2012 Policy Agenda drove the content for the trips, which includes issues important to the Chamber such as transportation, taxes, and workforce development.
On March 21 and 22, the group travelled to Washington, D.C. to meet with key leaders on issues for our region, such as the passage of a multi-year surface transportation bill to fund highway projects that will grow the economy and put Americans back to work. The group also discussed regulatory reform such as the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act to ease regulatory rules and burdens on business.
In Columbus on March 28, the Chamber contingent met with top-level advisors in Governor Kasich’s Administration, including the Governor himself, as well as Speaker Batchelder, and Mark Kvamme of JobsOhio. The group also sat down with Assistant Policy Director Rich Frederick, Workforce Development, and Director Greg Moody, Office of Health Transformation.
These two advocacy trips help Cincinnati USA’s business community carry our messages to key personnel, ensuring our voices and our region are heard. Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Matt Davis said of the trips, "Chamber members are the 'face' of the Policy Agenda. They deal with issues like taxes, regulations, transportation and health care costs every day, and their experience really resonates with elected officials. I am very grateful that nearly 90 Chamber members took time out of their busy schedules to advocate on behalf of our regional business community, and I believe we definitely 'moved the needle' on a number of important issues."
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