• Driving Local Policy

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    2019 Governmental Affairs Priorities

    In 2019, the Governmental Affairs Committee will be focusing its efforts on several key issues that are affecting our members and business in San Rafael & the county of Marin. We will collaborate with local stakeholders, develop positions and recommendations, and determine how the Chamber will be effective in shaping solutions that will be beneficial to our members and the community at large.

     

  •   2019 Priority Focus:

    • Workforce Housing
    • SMART and the San Rafael Transit Hub
    • 2020 Election
    • 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.

    2019 Issues We Are Watching:

    Short Term Rentals, SMART extension, Bettini Transit Center Relocation, General Plan update, Current Development Projects

     

    2018 Advocacy Highlights: Celebrating our Successes

    • Campaigned in Two Successful Ballot Measures- Measure AA and No on Prop 6
    • Successfully Supported the Expansion of Kaiser Permanente Facility on Los Gamos Drive
    • 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 Senior Assisted Living Facility Project on 800 Mission Avenue and got 70 Units Successfully Approved
    • Rejected the Permanent Closure of Tamalpais Avenue for an additional Bike Path Adjacent to the Heatherton Bike Path
    • Weighed in on District Elections and District Mapping Ensuring the Economic Engine of East San Rafael Stay Intact
    • Lobbied City Hall for an Expansion of the Downtown Streets Team in East San Rafael
    • Launched New Time Limited Parking in East San Rafael
    • Embraced a Medical Cannabis Ordinance and Received Approval
    • Stressed the Importance of a San Rafael Transit Center Focus Group to Ensure Public Engagement

     

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  • Economic Vitality Program

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    The San Rafael Chamber Economic Vitality Committee exists to implement a core element of the Chamber's mission: providing a strong voice in support of the economic vitality of our community. That is; securing the economic future of San Rafael.

    In 2019, the Economic Vitality Committee will be focusing its efforts on several key issues that are affecting our members and business in San Rafael & the county of Marin. We will collaborate with local employers across different industry sectors  and develop positions and recommendations, and determine how the Chamber will be effective in shaping solutions that will be beneficial to our members and the community at large.


    2019 Priority Focus:

    • Decrease barriers to growth
    • Increase number of employment opportunities
    • Reduce vacancy rate of commercial real estate
    • Increase synergy and collaboration between the SRCC and the Downtown Business Improvement District
    • Strengthen partnerships with organizations aligned with the Chamber's priorities including the Marin SBDC, CareerPoint Marin and the Marin Economic Forum.

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

     

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    The Chamber's Economic Vitality Committee

    The committee monitors city regulations, advocates for streamlining the development process, supports new development and promotes local business. The group also advocates for specific issues like sign ordinances, reduced business fees, parking, traffic, and other governmental regulations.

     
  • Thank You to Our Economic Vitality Program Sponsors!