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How does the Chamber decide position on issues that arise after the agenda is set?

Posted by: Jason Zacher on Monday, January 6, 2020

This is one of our most frequently asked questions. The Greenville Chamber and the Upstate Chamber Coalition have slightly different processes, so we’ll focus on the Greenville Chamber’s process in this blog post.

As I mentioned in the last post, given the effort we make in creating the agenda, there are rarely major issues that come up that we’re not prepared to tackle. The wording of some of our agenda items are intentionally vague to allow our lobbyists the flexibility to make quick decisions within the guidelines as events unfold.

There are times when I’m not comfortable making those decisions, and I do two things. First, the Greenville Chamber created a Rapid Response Policy Committee that consists of our Board Chairman, Vice Chair of Advocacy, three other appointed board members, and our two Advocacy Committee Chairs. They’re tasked with quickly coming up with and determining a consensus on tricky issues that might arise — or issues that we didn’t anticipate (which is common on the Federal level).

If we have the opportunity, we will send policy positions through the Advocacy Committee and the full Board of Directors if scheduling and time allows. If the Rapid Response Committee takes a position, that position is reported to the Advocacy Committee and the Board of Directors as the next possible meeting.

Again, these situations come up infrequently, but they do occur often enough that we built a process to answer them. As always please let me know if you have questions, comments, or concerns, my email is jzacher@greenvillechamber.org.

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