Advocacy: Adding Your Voice to the Chorus

Advocacy

Rick Weldon is Member Relations Manager at the Frederick Chamber. Member Monday is published on the biz blog the first Monday of each month. 

AdvocacyAs the old adage goes, “You can’t fight City Hall.”

However, one of the most powerful aspects of a Chamber of Commerce membership (and one of the most underutilized) is the power of issue advocacy. Setting aside the fact that we don’t view our relations with our public sector partners as a fight, the Chamber has built an impressive and well-regarded advocacy and outreach between the business community and our government partners at all levels.

First, we facilitate ongoing discussions with our federal legislators. We’ve facilitated discussions with Senators Cardin and Mikulski and Representatives Van Hollen and Delaney. All of them have made themselves and their staff available to our members, and many of them are actively working with us on issues of importance to our members. We hold frequent discussions with our state legislative delegation, including a pre-Session preview and a post-Session wrap-up. We hold status meetings with both the County and City government leaders, where our members hear first-hand accounts of priorities and plans. Our Public Policy Committee, comprised of interested members, arranges and coordinates this work, aided by a professional legislative advocacy firm.

Chamber member, add your voice to this work by attending these events and engaging in our public policy work. Let us know if we can add to your membership value through our issue advocacy. Even if the issue applies only to your business, let us know. We may be able to help get you answers that are otherwise unavailable.

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