As 2016 began, we were faced with a long list of agenda items that would never pass. Since then, the public has been bombarded with negative election year rhetoric.
We’re happy to report that we enjoyed a string of business successes that will propel our economy into the future.
We know that you are busy making Friday’s payroll, and double-checking to see how your legislators voted is not always feasible. That’s why we’re here and why we track this information for you. Your Chamber is your voice in the General Assembly, at city hall, and in Congress. Your investment in the Greenville Chamber ensures your company enjoys a political climate that promotes accelerated business growth.
Make no mistake: Our successes are directly because of the power of the 13 Chambers in our Coalition, our 8,000 business members, and the more than 250,000 employees we represent. We appreciate all of your phone calls, your emails, and your encouragement. Thank you.
As we continue to build our relevance and engagement, the General Assembly took notice. On several occasions this year, we were stopped by legislators as far away as Myrtle Beach, saying: “We hear you. We hear the Upstate business community.”
There are challenges ahead for the business community as our national politics take a populist turn. Good things will continue to happen for us as business owners and business leaders inside your organizations continue to engage with our elected officials.
In the next few months, the Greenville Chamber and the Upstate Chamber Coalition will be launching several new initiatives that will boost our effectiveness to new levels. One of which is this Legislative Report. We hope you will take the time to look at how your legislators and Senators voted on the issues that you, as business leaders, told us mattered. To download a copy, click here.
Stay tuned. Thank you for your support.
Jason Zacher is the Greenville Chamber's
Vice President of Business Advocacy and
Executive Director of the Upstate Chamber Coalition.