We believe chamber engagement in economic development and legislative issues echoes our members' collective voice and demonstrates strong leadership. This in turn positively impacts the health of our local business climate.
Business Advocacy Council
The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Council:
- develops the organization’s annual policy agenda for board approval
- monitors state and local issues that develop and/or are brought to the Chamber’s attention by members
- recommends positions and action to the board of directors where appropriate.
Chamber members are always encouraged to contact their elected officials directly to discuss issues impacting their businesses. For your convenience, elected officials and web links are listed below. If you are not sure who your elected representatives are, you can find out here.
For northern Johnson County:
For southern Marion County:
Tips for contacting your legislator and advocating your issue
- Be informed. Do your own thinking and research. Above all, be accurate.
- Know the strengths and weaknesses of your issue.
- Understand the importance of compromise and building consensus, particularly when it comes to funding. Your issue is not the only good cause needing new, sustained or increased funding.
- Understand the law- and policy-making process.
- When addressing your state and federal legislators, the proper salutations are “Dear Senator ___” or “Dear Representative ___.” When writing your local elected official, the proper salutations are “Dear Mayor ___” and “Dear Councilor ___.”
- Where possible, refer to the bill or ordinance number of the legislation of interest.
- Be clear and concise in explaining how the proposed or existing legislation affects your business and why you support or oppose it.
- Request that your elected official take specific action by telling him or her the outcome you seek. (“I’d like you to vote in support of HB 1011.”)
- Discuss only one issue per call, email or letter.
- For all communication, don’t assume the elected official knows you are from his/her district. State that you are a constituent or resident, and always include your mailing address and telephone number.
Tips adapted from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.