What is it? What do they do? Why is it important to my business? What is the return on investment for my business?
In 2014 the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was invited to become a member of EVCCA. Besides Patty Villeneuve, President/CEO of Carefree Cave Creek Chamber, the Alliance includes Chamber Executives from Fountain Hills, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Apache Junction, Chandler and Queen Creek. In addition to the Chamber Executives, the Alliance also includes up to two appointed volunteers from each of the Chambers mentioned. These volunteers almost always serve on the Board or other leadership capacity of each of the Chambers.
The EVCCA advocates for sound principles of economic competitiveness. We believe that regulations and policies must promote economic growth and prosperity, Government must operate efficiently to maximize service, Government rules should enhance safety while not being overly burdensome, tax policy must enhance the business environment to promote job growth, diversification and business expansion, an educated workforce directly impacts business attraction and retention, infrastructure improvements are critical to growth and competitiveness and Arizona’s image impacts business.
The EVCCA meets once per month, year round, including every Monday during the legislative session. Most of the dues that the Chambers pay to belong to the Alliance are used to engage a lobbyist whose team have people on the ground throughout the year to talk to our elected officials about bills and other legislation that may affect our business community. In our case, we work with Tom Dorn of the Dorn Policy Group and his team.
Each year the EVCCA creates a legislative agenda that helps guide Tom and his team to the issues that are important to the Chambers and the business community. Once the agenda has been created it is taken back to the Board of Directors from each Chamber to adopt the agenda for the year. At the Monday meetings during the legislative session Tom and his Team keep the members of the EVCCA apprised of bills that impact our agenda and bills that might not have been on anybody’s radar.
You are busy running your business and most likely do not have the time to track this sort of thing but know that many of the decisions that your elected officials make impact your business to a great degree. It’s the Chamber’s job to be an advocate for you. Hopefully we can be another set of eyes and ears for you as laws are passed that impact our business community.
I will keep you updated every month on the outcomes of the 2016 agenda in the Chamber newsletter. You can find the complete agenda on the Chamber web site at www.carefreecavecreek.org.