Each year, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce conducts a public opinion survey asking for your thoughts on policy issues impacting your business. This is a critical step in creating our Chamber’s public policy agenda. Based on the results of last year’s survey, here are the top legislative priorities for 2023.
To advance the business case for diversity and inclusive growth, it’s essential to promote economic inclusion to increase prosperity and mobility in Chattanooga and Hamilton County. This is achieved through innovative collaborations, intentional partnership development, and inclusive leadership in the region. The intent is to expand economic participation of historically marginalized entities to advance talent, grow markets, and increase revenue sources.Due to demographic shifts and well documented talent drain, diversity and inclusion provides an essential strategy to expand talent pipelines, build the workforce, and drive market development in the region. Promoting the business case for diversity and economic inclusion is a key priority to achieving that objective.
Through collaboration with our partners, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce leads our region’s economic development and implements our community’s comprehensive job creation strategy. Through public policy and advocacy, we will support the policies and projects that yields investment in Chattanooga/Hamilton County, as well as our region.
Growing our region’s economy and advancing sustainable community development are at the core of our mission. To ensure our region continues to thrive, we support projects and concepts that enhance quality of place, making Chattanooga and Hamilton County more attractive for living, working, and growing business.
As we work to address our workforce and economic development opportunities, a solid education system, from birth to career, is the key to our efforts. From improving childcare- both access and quality- and early childhood educational opportunities for our youngest citizens, to making sure all of our students read on grade level, to ensuring options that best fit our students and business community, to improving school facilities, to robust and thriving wage career pathways that begin in K-12, we remain focused on making sure all of Hamilton County’s students are given the tools to be successful.
One of the most effective ways to support our region’s workforce is through responsible education policy. From early childhood education to tailored workforce development initiatives, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce supports legislation that provides our robust education system with the ability to be flexible in order to meet the present and future needs of our workforce.
Chattanooga prides itself on its wealth of outdoor activities and natural resources. We support efforts that make aim to make Chattanooga a clean and attractive environment for its residents and visitors. We work to ensure a healthy community and promote public safety policies that result in a better environment for business.
A robust, well-funded, and long-term infrastructure network is vital for economic growth. Through public policy and advocacy, we support local infrastructure projects that maintain and improve our ability to meet logistics needs of business in Chattanooga/Hamilton County both today and in the future.
Its no secret that Chattanooga’s geographic location makes it a gateway to the rest of the United States. It is critical that Tennessee, and Chattanooga specifically, invest in infrastructure that encourages businesses and our economy to flourish.
A highly motivated, well-trained workforce is critical to continued economic growth, prosperity, and enhanced quality of life. We recognize both the challenges and opportunities in today’s workplace, which is why we are committed to improving workforce quality through our public policy and advocacy efforts.
The Chattanooga Chamber is committed to growing and recruiting a world-class workforce. We will advocate for policies and innovative programs that continue to give our citizens the skills and opportunities to succeed in the 21st-century economy.