Overview: Public Policy & Advocacy
Values: Four values guide the Chamber's approach to public policy and advocacy. We believe:
- Diversity builds a more resilient economy. We oppose discrimination in all forms.
- The progressive reputation of our community is an asset and part of our competitive advantage.
- Our individual communities benefit from the success of each other and the region.
- 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:
- Retain, recruit, and grow employers
- Develop a talented workforce
- Improve business climate and regulatory environment
- 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.
- Chair, Brett Bushnell, Brett Bushnell, Tri Local Realty llc
- Vice Chair, Tom Wiltberger, Terra Nova Global Properties
- Manish Atma, Atma Hotel Group
- Daniel Eller, Eller Capital Partners
- Vakesia Graves, Duke Energy
- Holly Fraccaro, HBA of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties
- Dan Lehman, UNC Health Care
- Scott Maitland, TOPO Spirits, LLC
- Nathan Milian, Carr Mill Mall
- John B. Morris III, Morris Commercial
- Aaron Nelson, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
- John Perry, Fidelity Bank
- Roger Perry, East West Partners Management Co.
- Marc Pons, Chapel Hill Tire
- Philip Post, Philip Post, PPE Engineering
- Tom Proctor, Vacuum Cleaner Hospital
- Julie Roper, PSNC Energy
- Robert W. Saunders, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P.
- Christopher Simmons, Duke University
- Shawn Slome, Twig
- Terri Turner, Weaver Street Realty
*Staffed by: Katie Loovis, Vice President for External Affairs, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce