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Government & Economic Advisory Council

The Government & Economic Advisory Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month, 4:00 p.m. at The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce.

The council is charged with presenting and monitoring the annual agenda of business topics that the organization will actively advocate on behalf of the local business community. The council hosts an annual trip to Tallahassee for business owners to communicate directly with elected officials, coordinates annual legislative and congressional updates for the membership, hosts interactive member conference calls throughout the Legislative Session with locally elected leaders, maintains working relationships with local elected officials and agency leaders, representing the organization at meetings of interest to advance the annual agenda, recruits business representatives to serve on area boards and councils, and fosters relocation, growth and retention of desirable industries within Eastern Hillsborough County through partnerships with economic development entities within Hillsborough County.

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Agenda is developed by the members of the organization, through their Government & Economic Advisory Council, and approved by the Chamber's Board of Directors.

About The Government & Economic Advisory Council:
Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at 4PM at The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce

  • Presents and monitors the annual agenda of business topics that the organization will actively advocate on behalf of the local business community.

  • Hosts an annual trip to Tallahassee for business owners to communicate directly with elected officials.

  • Coordinates annual legislative and congressional updates for the membership.

  • Hosts interactive member conference calls throughout the Legislative Session with locally elected leaders.

  • Maintains working relationships with local elected officials and agency leaders, representing the organization at meetings of interest to advance the annual agenda.

  • Recruits business representatives to serve on area boards and councils.

  • Fosters relocation, growth and retention of desirable industries within Eastern Hillsborough County through partnerships with economic development entities in Hillsborough County.

Active Advocacy Projects for 2014

Tampa International Airport
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the regional importance of the Tampa International Airport. The airport should serve as a hub of travel for the entire region. The Brandon Chamber champions the expansion efforts outlined in the Master Plan and will advocate on its behalf for funding options.

Regional Connectivity
The Greater Brandon chamber will help create and advocate, along with other local business and government groups, for a regional transportation plan that connects the greater Brandon community with other identified transportation lines and districts.

Business Lease Taxes
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will advocate for the elimination of the commercial lease tax.

Military To Receive In-State Tuition
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce encourages the Florida legislature to approve legislation that would allow United States military personnel, stationed in Florida, to receive in-state tuition at schools in the Florida College System or in-state universities.

General Advocacy Principles for 2014

Infrastructure
Monitor, evaluate and advocate for transportation funding allocation opportunities for projects identified by the membership as impacting commerce.

Innovation & Economic Development
Educate more on the local impact of the Port of Tampa Bay and how members can gain from such a local resource.

Talent Supply & Education
Impact workforce development and job creation through a more diversified local economy.

Business Climate & Competitiveness

  • Identify and limit burdensome taxes on businesses and residents.
  • Streamlining regulations and permitting processes for businesses statewide.
  • Creating a competitive and stable insurance market, both in property insurance and medical insurance.

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