Your Business Advocate

Your Business Advocate

The Chamber believes in effective grassroots advocacy, powerful partnerships, and well-informed and politically-engaged communities.  The Chamber is the business community’s voice in the halls of government for policies and laws that promote business enterprise and a strong economy.

STRENGTHENING OUR ADVOCACY EFFORTS IN SUPPORT OF YOUR BUSINESS

Building upon years of history in representing our business community’s interests in collaboration with our local, regional and state public partners, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce further strengthened its role in business advocacy by combining the Growth Management and Government Affairs committees into a new Business Advocacy Committee.  The Committee’s goal:

Seeking to monitor, inform, communicate and engage for the benefit of our members, businesses and economic good.

The Business Advocacy Committee seeks to serve our 1,400+ member businesses, the 50,000 citizens these members employ, and the region’s business community in the following four strategic areas:

  • Monitor – Monitor public policy, growth management and government targeted objectives/issues that impact our members at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Inform – Inform our members regarding important topics utilizing a variety of membership communication channels, including these monthly newsletters;
  • Engage – Engage a formalized, productive “Business ó Government” communication process;
  • Advocate – Advocate Chamber positions, provide guidance to, and seek input from, Chamber members regarding top priority business topics.

The Business Advocacy Committee provides Governmental Affairs Advocacy; Coalition Creation; Engagement of Elected Leaders; Growth Management Oversight; State Government Task Force; and Representation at City and County Commission Meetings.

Business Advocacy Committee Members

E. Edward Murray, Chair | NAI TALCOR
Reggie Bouthillier | Stearns Weaver
David Coburn | Florida State University
Timothy Edmond | The Edmond Group, LLC
Skip Foster | Tallahassee Democrat
Anthony Hopson | Florida A&M University
Kimberly Moore | Tallahassee Community College
Richard Moore | Moore Bass Consulting
Mark O’Bryant | Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Kelly O’Keefe | Stearns Weaver
Heidi Otway | SalterMitchell
Barbara Ray | North Highland Company
Mark Robinson | Capital Regional Medical Center

Chamber members benefit from the Committee’s relationships with elected officials and local leaders and receive exclusive and timely information on important issues involving local government, higher education institutions and private sector partners.

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To learn more about how this Committee can work for your business, please click HERE.

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Advocacy Updates



City Votes to Repeal Business License Tax Based on Chamber Proposal

Yesterday at the City of Tallahassee budget workshop, the City Commission voted unanimously to repeal the City’s long standing business license tax.  The repeal will require an ordinance change from the Commission, but Commissioners indicated their desire to pass such … More

Chamber Advocacy Update – July 8, 2016

CITY BUDGET WORKSHOP Wednesday, July 13 | 1:00pm | Tallahassee Senior Center Business License Tax In June of 2016 the Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee voted to request that the City of Tallahassee repeal the Business License Tax as part of … More

Business Advocacy Committee Update – June 13, 2016

LEON COUNTY COMMISSION Regular Meeting 6/14/2016 Consideration of a Request by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to Include Industry Stakeholder Input and an Evaluation of Other Transportation Fee Alternatives in the Mobility Fee Study Process On May 24th, Chamber … More

Business Advocacy Committee Update – May 31, 2016

Today, the Chamber Board of Directors met at the TCC Ghazvini Center for their regular meeting. BAC Chair, Ed Murray presented an update on the ongoing work of the BAC. As part of that update, Ed Murray presented a letter … More

Business Advocacy Committee ALERT – May 23, 2016

WORKSHOP TO SHAPE FUTURE LOCAL ECONOMIC GROWTH As part of The Small Business Development Center at FAMU’s Small Business Week, local business owners are invited to join the Office of Economic Vitality for a listening and networking workshop, which will … More

Business Advocacy Committee Update – May 6, 2016

The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee continues to monitor local government and report out information that may be pertinent for your business. Below you will find highlighted items in the upcoming County and City Commission meetings that we wanted to bring your your attention, in addition to … More

Business Advocacy Committee Update – April 22, 2016

MOBILITY FEE STUDY The Chamber staff and BAC members have met with City & County staff to share our concerns about the mobility fee, our frustration with the concurrency fee system as it exists today and our desire to help … More

Business Advocacy Committee Alert – April 18, 2016

MOBILITY FEE UPDATE The City of Tallahassee and Leon County have both recently voted to move forward with consideration of hiring a consultant to study the possibilities of implementing a new mobility fee in the city and county. Each Commission … More

Business Advocacy Committee – February 26, 2016

CHAMBER SUPPORTS PROPOSED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ECOSYSTEM On February 29th, the Intergovernmental Agency (IA) – made up of the city and county commission – will vote to establish itself as the region’s new economic development organization (EDO) responsible for determining projects … More

Chamber Advocacy Update – December 9, 2015

NOISE ORDINANCE STILL NEEDS WORK  The Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce has been actively engaged in this issue going back to 2013.  We have hosted forums for the business community to provide their input and perspectives on the ordinance, we … More

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