Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce 2020-2021 - Page 10

10 GREATER ENID CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / GOV’T. AFFAIRS COUNCIL Promote federal legislative initiatives that benefit Enid and NW Oklahoma • Organize federal legislative trip to highlight community support for Vance AFB, promote mission growth opportunities for the base and support key sectors in Enid’s regional economy • Work with Vance Development Authority to support Vance (add Squadron Ops facility to DOD 5-year budget, pursue privatized dormitory project, utilize Defense Communities Infrastructure Program for Kaw Lake project) • Protect air space for Oklahoma military installations (training routes, drop zones and runway approaches) • Help develop new partnerships that are good for Enid, enhance Vance AFB and save military dollars • Oppose federal regulations that place undue hardship on business and industry • Oppose regulations or tax changes that hinder expanded oil and gas development (oppose federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing) • Support immigration reform to secure the borders and provide a fair and efficient system for immigrants to enter or stay in the workforce • Support legislation/regulations that help strengthen Enid’s medical sector • Support Woodring airport improvements that benefit VAFB and increase overall utilization at the airport • Support education initiatives that benefit Enid and NW Oklahoma post-secondary education institutions • Support congressional action to reduce the national debt MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL Improve Membership Recruitment and Retention • Expand membership benefits and marketing services • Deliver value for membership investment (business climate efforts and direct benefits) • Offer Small Business Chamber Alliance (complimentary State Chamber membership) to help small businesses be engaged on legislative issues • Encourage board members and Ambassadors to be involved in membership recruitment and retention • Offer new member orientation sessions • Utilize committees and volunteers to implement successful Chamber and community events • Promote Business Spotlight @ Lunch and Business After Hours networking events • Expand Chamber Community Development Partners program • Utilize Ambassadors to welcome new and expanding businesses