Winona Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Committee Plan

Committee Name:  Public Policy Committee

Committee Chair:     Linda Seppanen

Committee Purpose Statement:  To analyze business issues, gather relevant facts and forward recommendations to the Chamber Board of Directors.

Committee Projects/Activities for 2017:

  • Engage Chamber members in public policy issues and education of legislative activity (use Eggs ‘n Issues. Power Lunch, forums, small meetings with legislators and use the chamber newsletter, etc.)
  •  Provide Chamber members a platform to be heard by local, state and federal lawmakers regarding matters that are of interest/concern to the members.
  •  Research and make recommendations to the Chamber Board regarding legislative issues at all levels of Government as relates to business, such as transportation, regulations, taxation, and related concerns.
  •  Actively advocate for legislative issues as adopted by the Board – engaging elected officials with phone, email, letters and personal visits by members of this committee.
  •  Host and Participate in Business Day at the Capitol (March 8) Sessions Priority Dinner (January 4) and bi-weekly Legislative Updates w. MN Chamber Policy Staff
  •  Actively advocate for the priority policy issues adopted by the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Board as part of the MN Chamber Federation.
  •  At least annually, provide a summary of Public Policy Committee activities to the Board
  •  Monitor and explore impacts of regional initiatives such as Rochester DMC and Journey to Growth, and advise the Board of Directors accordingly.

Budget Considerations:
Secure 2017 Advocacy Sponsors to build needed resources to effectively impact legislative priorities and utilize the advocacy role of this committee to enhance membership retention efforts for 2017. (Examples – coach bus to Business Day at Capitol, cost of mailings for Eggs ‘n Issues, meals for guest speakers at Eggs ‘n Issues)