• Overview: Public Policy & Advocacy


  • Values: Four values guide the Chamber's approach to public policy and advocacy. We believe: 

    1. Diversity builds a more resilient economy. We oppose discrimination in all forms.
    2. The progressive reputation of our community is an asset and part of our competitive advantage.
    3. Our individual communities benefit from the success of each other and the region.
    4. Cooperation and collaboration between and among business, government, academia, and residents is civics at its best

    ​Platform: The Chamber's policy platform has four priority areas known as pillars. We are determined to: 

    1. Retain, recruit, and grow employers
    2. Develop a talented workforce
    3. Improve business climate and regulatory environment
    4. Build and maintain infrastructure

    Governance: The Chamber's policy positions are shaped by the Government Affairs Committee, which is a voluntary group chamber members, appointed by the Chamber Board of Directors, with interests and knowledge in public policy, economic development, and/or land use issues at the local, regional, state, and/or federal level.


    Committee Members:

    1. Chair, Brett Bushnell, Brett Bushnell, Tri Local Realty llc
    2. Vice Chair, Tom Wiltberger, Terra Nova Global Properties
    3. Manish Atma, Atma Hotel Group
    4. Daniel Eller, Eller Capital Partners
    5. Vakesia Graves, Duke Energy
    6. Holly Fraccaro, HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties
    7. Dan Lehman, UNC Health Care
    8. Scott Maitland, TOPO Spirits, LLC
    9. Nathan Milian, Carr Mill Mall
    10. John B. Morris III, Morris Commercial
    11. Aaron Nelson, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
    12. John Perry, Fidelity Bank
    13. Roger Perry, East West Partners Management Co.
    14. Marc Pons, Chapel Hill Tire
    15. Philip Post, Philip Post, PPE Engineering
    16. Tom Proctor, Vacuum Cleaner Hospital
    17. Julie Roper, PSNC Energy
    18. Robert W. Saunders, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P.
    19. Christopher Simmons, Duke University
    20. Shawn Slome, Twig
    21. Terri Turner, Weaver Street Realty


    *Staffed by: Katie Loovis, Vice President for External Affairs, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce