The advocacy role of the Partnership 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 Greater Springfield Partnership, 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 Partnership's Board of Directors does not take a position on every issue, the Partnership provides access to information and research on those issues.
"It's important to Young's that business speaks as a group to our local, state and federal governments. The Greater Springfield Partnership helps to provide a strong voice as an advocate representing business interests."
- Dan Young, CEO and Chief Ice Cream Dipper, Young's Jersey Dairy
Public Policy Focus
The Partnership 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 Partnership 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 Partnership 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 Partnership 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 Partnership 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.
The Partnership hosts the annual “Candidates College” that presents a unique opportunity for local, civic and business-minded individuals who are considering running for local office. During the three, 2-hour 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 Partnership is a non-partisan business association which does not endorse or support candidates for office. However, the Partnership 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.