• Governmental Affairs

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    2017 Governmental Affairs Priorities

    In 2017, the Governmental Affairs Committee will be focusing its efforts on several key issues that are affecting our members and business in San Rafael & Marin. We will hear from local stakeholders, develop positions and recommendations, and determine how the Chamber can be effective in shaping solutions that will be beneficial to our members and the community at large.

     

  •  2017 Priority Focus:

    • Workforce Housing
    • Transportation
    • Homelessness
    • Business Retention and Attraction (job creation)
    • Following local Measures that impact business's ability to maintain costs and grow
    • Engage in State politics as it pertains to regional issues that impact San Rafael & Marin (such as housing, traffic, water and education)

    For more information on these issues, please contact Chamber President & CEO Joanne Webster at 415-454-4163 or jwebster@srchamber.com.

    2016 Advocacy Highlights: Celebrating our Successes

    • Supported SB 269-Disability Access
    • Embraced regional collaboration with Santa Rosa Chamber, identifying North Bay legislative priorities
    • Traveled to Sacramento to meet with State Representatives to champion regional priorities for businesses in the North Bay
    • Endorsed 2nd & B Street Housing Project
    • Endorsed Northgate Walk Housing Project
    • Weighed in on City's RV-Oversized Truck ordinance, Public Safety Center, Ritter Center Relocation Efforts, Multi-Use Path and TAM OBAG funds, and Junior Second Unit Ordinance
    • Testified at City Council Meetings
    • Wrote to our State elected officials relative to Housing, Transportation and CEQA legislative bills
    • Met monthly with San Rafael Mayor and City Manager to discuss the issues that matter most to our members
    • Met monthly with City Council's Economic Development subcommittee, including Mayor Phillips and Councilmember Gamblin


    Read the latest edition of our quarterly Governmental Affairs Committee News:

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  • Economic Vitality Program

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    The San Rafael Chamber is helping to strengthen the local economy through our Business Retention & Expansion Program, with the support partners Marin Economic Forum (MEF) and the City of San Rafael. 

    As the lead organization on this program, we have developed a systematic outreach plan to visit business owners and conduct surveys to identify obstacles and common themes for businesses operating in San Rafael. In working with MEF, we have developed key metrics used to analyze trends and issues identified in the program. At the end of the program each year, we compile a report that is delivered at October's Forecasting the Future Marin Economic Conference.

    Please contact Joanne Webster, President & CEO, if you have questions or are interested in supporting this program: jwebster@srchamber.com.

    View our Summary Report from the 2015-2016 Business Retention & Expansion Program


    DO YOU DO BUSINESS IN SAN RAFAEL?
    Take the brief 2017-2018 BRE survey and fax or email it back to frontdesk@srchamber.com. Your input helps us identify areas where we can work to improve our local economy.

  • The committee monitors city regulations, advocates for streamlining the development process, supports new development and promotes local business. It works to improve the development permitting process by monitoring the Design Review Board and Planning Commission activities. The group also advocates for specific issues like sign ordinances, reduced business fees, parking, traffic, and other governmental regulations.

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    This program is overseen by the Chamber's Economic Vitality Committee

    The committee monitors city regulations, advocates for streamlining the development process, supports new development and promotes local business. It works to improve the development permitting process by monitoring the Design Review Board and Planning Commission activities. The group also advocates for specific issues like sign ordinances, reduced business fees, parking, traffic, and other governmental regulations.

     

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  • Thank You to Our Economic Vitality Program Sponsors!