Advocacy

The advocacy role of the Chamber focuses on:

  • Educating our members on legislative activity
  • Building Relationships with elected officials on the local | state | national levels
  • Expressing concerns of our businesses to our elected officials
  • Creating opportunities for our business and community leaders to meet with elected officials and regulatory authorities

The Chamber of Greater Springfield, with input from its 800 business members has developed Public Policy Goals on which to focus.  As issues change and evolve, new information will be added.  While the Chamber’s Board of Directors does not take a position on every issue, the Chamber provides access to information and research on those issues.

Public Policy Focus

The Chamber supports funding for education and workforce policies which prepare employees to advance the labor market. We know that businesses depend on skilled workers to successfully compete.  And, attraction of new business and industry is determined by the skill of our workforce.

The Chamber supports:

  • early childhood education
  • policies that provide access to post-secondary education via affordable tuition
  • programming and training offered by Ohio Means Jobs and other workforce partners

The Chamber will support efforts to encourage government, while protecting services that tax payers value. 

  • Support and encourage shared government services
  • Encourage public Private partnerships in Economic Development and Tourism
  • Support Performance audit studies for Government efficiency and savings to avoid tax increases

The Chamber will support regional cooperation, partnerships and regional growth.

  • Support the Regional LEADER program representing 11,000 business in the region
  • Support the Dayton Development Coalition and the Annual Dc fly-in
  • Support the Emerging Community Coalition (ACCE)
  • Participate in PDAC (Priority Development Advocacy Committee) and the effort within the Springfield Region

The Chamber will support safe | healthy workplaces.

  • Continue to offer safety training through our Safety Council Programming and partnership with BWC
  • Support Clark County Health District Initiatives
  • Encourage increased incentives for businesses to participate in and promote health and safety programming
  • Encourage fairness and affordability within the Workers’ Compensation system.

Candidate College

The Chamber hosts the annual “Candidates College” that presents a unique opportunity for local, civic minded individuals who are considering running for local office.  During the three – two hours’ sessions, participants will meet community leaders to learn about the process of running for office.  The program Is not intended to be all inclusive, but will cover many of the major steps in running of office.

The Chamber is a non-partisan business association which does not endorse or support candidates for office.  However, the Chamber believes strongly in the principals of good government and hopes to increase the number of business-minded elected officials with skills a political acumen to provide the servant leadership which advances the community and the region.

Legislative Links

John Kasich

Governor
John Kasich
(614) 466-3555

Sherrod

US Senator
Sherrod Brown
(202) 224-2315

Portman

US Senator
Rob Portman
(202) 224-3353

Warren

US Congressman
Warren Davidson
(202) 225-6205

Jim Jordan

US Congressman
Jim Jordan
(202) 225-2676

Bob Hackett

Ohio Senate District 10
Bob Hackett
(614) 466-3780

Kyle

Ohio House District 79 Representative
Kyle Koehler
(614) 466-2038

Bill Dean

Ohio House District 74 Representative
Bill Dean
(614) 466-1470

Richard

Clark County Commissioner
Richard Lohnes
(937) 521-2005

Melanie Clark County Commissioner
Melanie Flax Wilt
(937) 521-2005
Lowell Clark County Commissioner
Lowell McGlothin
(937) 521-2005
Warren Mayor
Warren R. Copeland
(937) 324-0833
Chilton Assistant Mayor
Joyce Chilton
(937) 324-8611
O'neil City Commissioner
Kevin O'Neill
(937) 399-9696
Duncan City Commissioner
Karen B. Duncan
(937) 323-6623
Martin Daniel J. Martin
City Commissioner
(937) 342-0294