Through an integrated approach of developing public policy positions then proactively advocating for those positions with all levels of elected leadership, the Chamber is able to leverage the influence of its large and diverse membership to ensure that the voice of business is heard.
Public Affairs Council
One of the most active and engaged bodies within the Chamber is the Public Affairs Council. The monthly Council meetings are open to any Chamber member and are typically well-attended by members of the state legislative delegation and other local elected officials. An open agenda and lively debate on public policy issues usually follow as the voice of business is heard directly by our elected officials.
Federal and State Policy Agendas
Annually, the Public Affairs Council develops, prioritizes and adopts an official position statement (agenda) on certain public policy items before the Alabama Legislature and United States Congress. This allows the local business community to speak with one voice, greatly enhancing the power of our pro-business message.
A key component of advocating for our state policy agenda is an annual bus trip to Montgomery to meet with the Governor, Cabinet officials and members of the state legislative delegation. More than 75 business leaders and local elected officials participate in this two-day event held each spring during the state’s legislative session.
The Chamber hosts an annual trip to Washington, D.C. to advocate for our federal agenda with members of our congressional delegation, as well to receive briefings from federal officials and policy experts. More than 40 business leaders and local elected officials participate in this three-day trip held each fall.
Chamber in Session
Another key part of our public policy and advocacy efforts are locally-held Chamber in Session events. These topic-focused events are held throughout the year and typically attract more than 250 attendees. Recurring Chamber in Session events include:
State of the Community- presentations by the Mayor of Tuscaloosa, Mayor of Northport and the Probate Judge/Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Commission
Education Summit- presentations by local and state education officials and policy analysts
State of the Economy- presentations by local and state economic development professionals, economists and subject-matter experts
State of the State- presentation by the Governor and/or key state officials
Washington Update- presentation from one of our U.S. Senators or U.S. Representatives