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Government Relations Events

Government relations events range from meetings with city administration representatives, to PAC fundraisers. Candidate forums are common immediately prior to elections and a number of chambers run political candidate recruitment and training “schools.” Some hold annual town-hall style meetings between the business community and mayors.

Issue forums have become common in many mid-size and larger chambers. These events focus on presenting all nuances of a specific issue or industry. They may involve a full day of panels, workshops and keynote presentations on issues ranging from regional transportation, to energy, to health care.

It is common for many chambers to run legislator receptions (lobbying and election laws may apply in regard to spending).

State of the city (county or state) presentations by mayors, city managers, etc, serve as a bully pulpit before an influential audience for elected officials, as well as to increase awareness among business people for the issues facing the community.

Samples

Greater Des Moines Partnership (Iowa) Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce (Pa.) Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
  • Hawaii on the Hill initiative - The first Hawaii on the Hill initiative was held July 2014 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Co-chaired by Sen. Mazie Hirono and the rest of the Hawaii delegation, the event highlighted the state’s businesses, food and culture on Capitol Hill. The two-day affair included a Hawaii Policy Summit, tours of the White House and Capitol, and concluded with a “Taste of Hawaii” reception with more than 700 invited guests experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes of Hawaii.
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (N.C.) Lubbock Chamber of Commerce (Texas) Central Florida Partnership Greater Oklahoma City Chamber (Okla.) Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce (N.C.) Indy Chamber

Eggs & Issues

Eggs & Issues are typically annual, bi-annual, or quarterly events which relate to a chamber's public policy work. Sometimes these events focus on a particular policy or legislative issue. Many times, elected officials are invited to speak about a particular topic. These events can be a great way to engage with and explain to members the chamber's role in policy and business advocacy.

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