The Governmental Relations Council educates the community about The Chamber's views regarding political issues affecting business through local and state legislation and Congressional action.
We surveyed all candidates for City Commission and School Board, with survey results available here. Early voting begins April 3rd, ends April 18th, and Election Day is April 23rd.
2012 Governmental Relations Council Report
2012 Governmental Relations monitored our positions on issues of importance to business; workers compensation, other regulatory legislation, “bad four business/jobs killer bills. We maintained the Board “position” of not always having a position on issues.
- Incorporated positions of State Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Cities Legislative Agenda, TN Business Roundtable, First Tennessee Development District, where possible and not in conflict.
- Sign on letters US/CoC transportation, US Import Bank and others that are reintroduced; i.e. workforce development; trade; etc.
- Participated in US Chamber of Commerce conference calls – Budget, Trade, congressional update; Small Business Summit.
- Convened legislative meetings, locally and regionally with General Assembly other LEO’s
- Participated and co-convened in State wide conference call; with Senator Alexander, Governor Haslam, interstate sales tax; may need to do more when Alexander ask
- Co-hosted with Corker Romney-event, Gov. Pawlenty/Gov. Haslam spoke.
- Reaffirm process re: candidate for TN/US offices; met with one US Senate/our Congressional court
- Supported Haslam Jobs 4 Tennessee, teacher assessment, education reform; et.
- Continue collaboration with Business Education Coalition on topics of assessment etc. re: education reform initiative; core students; teacher evaluation.
- Continued collaboration with Metropolitan Chambers of Commerce i.e. Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, re: broader issues; development; business issues
- Convened with WCEDC four county mayors (Washington, Johnson, Carter, Unicoi) to discuss ways the JC Metro and John could collaborate;
- Convened Agri-Business meeting, with WCEDC, First Bank to revisit key goals of this as part of our economy
- Finalize program for ACCESS event in DC; 100th year of US Chamber of Commerce
- Collaborated with Congressman Roe’s office re: keeping post office open.
Johnson City, Jonesborough, and Washington County are set in a historically significant, culturally rich community surrounded by natural beauty with four distinct seasons.
Johnson City enjoys an affordable cost of living, low tax and no state income tax, yet we offer outstanding schools, parks and sports facilities that make life so much more enjoyable.
Over 700 businesses are members of the The Chamber of Commerce serving Johnson City - Jonesborough - Washington County. We welcome your involvement as new members.