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Message From the Board Chair

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May 2017

Your San Rafael Chamber is engaged: engaged in local business, education, economic vitality and government.

We are not only a leading voice for business in San Rafael and Marin, we are engaged at the State level as well. At the end of May we will get direct access to Sacramento. Together with the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce, we are sponsoring Access Sacramento. At this annual event, now in its third year, we will meet with top California lawmakers and key governmental officials to discuss regional issues and legislation impacting North Bay businesses. Collectively, we will serve as a voice for North Bay businesses in Sacramento.

Earlier this year, we held a legislative summit and met with other Chambers in the North Bay to develop an agenda of top issues to address on our trip to the Capitol. They are: affordable housing, transportation, homelessness and regulations including CEQA reform. We will share our message in detail at various scheduled meetings in Sacramento with State Senator Mike McGuire, State Senator Bill Dodd, Assembly Members Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Marc Levine and Jim Wood. Please visit Access Sacramento for more information.

Here at home, we establish a more local agenda through our regular communications with you. We give you direct access to local officials so you can discuss what matters most to you. This year our Economic Vitality Committee met with Community Development Director Paul Jensen about the planning department’s customer service strategic plan. The Governmental Affairs Committee hosted Supervisor Connolly last month and learned about his priorities for Marin. The East San Rafael Working Group met with Public Works Director Bill Guerin to hear updates on SMART, the transit center and construction improvements for many key intersections in the area. Chamber members are currently serving on the Downtown Parking and Wayfinding Study Group and weighing in on the report findings. Our members are the backbone of this Chamber and they have a full calendar of meetings with additional City Council members and County Supervisors in the coming months. If you are interested in participating please call the Chamber office at 415-454-4163.

We are honored to serve as a voice for North Bay business at the local and State level. Be sure to stay tuned here for the outcome of our session. The Chamber is your resource and your voice. Let us know what is on your agenda.


Sincerely,


Stephanie K. Plante
President, CPi Development