As you look around at your business and our community, no doubt you have witnessed many changes over the years. Much like the weather, our culture continues to change. The U.S. Congress and Oregon’s Legislature are important parts of these changes, but so are you, our business community. Our Country currently enjoys a robust economy and for that we are grateful, but as with everything the winds of uncertainty are blowing. Who will be looking out for your interests?

One of the Chamber’s strategic objectives is “Representing Business Issues” and part of how we do that is throughan actionteam that identifies these issues and policies. The Legislative Action Team (LAT) meets monthly and speaks with legislators via teleconferencing, a program called Legislative Hotline, to pass member concerns along to legislators. The LAT chair is Travis Snyder from Precision Electric. Travis is also a member of the Chamber Board of Directors. Policy issues generally, and legislation specifically, are reviewed, discussed and a vote is taken for The Chamber to take a formal position either in support or opposition to the legislation or policy. These recommendations are forwarded to the Board of Directors for final action. The Chamber’s position is then presented by its lobbying team from JWA Public Affairs. JWA, a local Medford firm and longtime Chamber member, has been associated with the Chamber for over 20 years. John Watt, President & CEO of JWA, is a former legislator and is very familiar with the legislative process and policymakers. Sean Tate manages the Salem office and Greg Lemhouse, while based in Medford, will be in the Capitol full time. Three others provide support from the Medford main office on all legislative issues.We act as your voice in Salem, to let policymakers know your position. Your Chamber is one of just a few Chambers in the state with a full-time lobbyist, making your investment in Chamber membership that much more valuable.
The 2019 Oregon Legislative Session began January 22, bringing 60 elected Representatives and 30 elected Senators to Salem to debate policy and balance the budget for the State of Oregon. Your Chamber is ready to identify, address and advocate, much like they’ve done for the last 100 years, the issues that may impact your business and our economy.
For Chamber members who want to have a firsthand look at the process and the Chamber’s role, this year’s Chamber Day at the Capitol is scheduled for March 20. This all day trip leaves very early in the morning taking a bus to the State Capitol. We will view a floor session, take a tour of the building, break for lunch, and then settle in for a full day of meetings with our Legislative delegation, Legislative Leadership and key policymakers. The day is capped with a hosted reception, followed by a return trip home. It’s a long day (we get back around midnight) but it is well worth it. Space is very limited but if you’re interested, information may be found on the Chamber’s webpage. Please join us!
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Chamber prepares to champion business interests this session
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February 2019
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
101 E. 8th St.  |  Medford, OR 97501
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