Representing Business to Government
The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce accepts the responsibility to represent its members as the 'The Voice of Business.' The Chamber's goal is to ensure the business community is always represented to the region's governments and municipal agencies.
The Chamber's professional staff monitors city, county, state, and federal activities and represents its members on issues and legislation affecting the welfare of businesses, and the quality of life in the region. When there is cause to advocate publicly on an issue, the Chamber's Public Policy representatives meet with decision makers to make sure they take into account the position of the thousands of businesses and employees the Chamber represents.
The Chamber also sponsors 'Inside Oakland,' a periodic gathering for Chamber members intended to connect directly with local officials, and once yearly 'Inside Sacramento,' an opportunity to travel as a group to the state capital to meet with local and state leaders.
Public Policy Agenda
In keeping with the mission of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to promote commerce and industry, advance economic growth, and to enhance the quality of life in the city and throughout the greater region, the Chamber aims to advocate at all levels of government to ensure decision-makers have a clear picture of what is needed to fulfill this vision. The Chamber believes business wants what all residents want: a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Public Policy Principles
Make Oakland Safe Oakland residents and businesses deserve a safe city to live, work, play, shop, and thrive: Reducing violent crime and property crimes down to levels at or below those of comparable cities, while seeking to change the perception of Oakland through effective communication and outreach.
Robust Business Environment for Existing & New Businesses Support policies that create a good business environment for the backbone businesses of Oakland – small and large – that have been active in our community for decades investing, growing our tax base, and creating jobs. In addition, we must attract new jobs-creating businesses and industries by making it easier to navigate the Oakland market and start, and grow a new business
Educational Opportunities Expand educational opportunities for all Oaklanders and pursue policies to ensure effective utilization of existing public investments in the education and workforce development arenas.
Grow Housing Availability Grow housing availability for all income levels to keep pace with a thriving jobs market. This requires us to accelerate housing development across the City, and is essential if we want to continue to retain and grow a talented workforce.
Transportation Systems & Infrastructure: Invest in aging transportation systems and infrastructure through implementation of smart, sustainable, environmentally sound best practices at all levels to make infrastructure more resilient and more advanced.
Foster Healthy, Sustainable, and Thriving Communities: We support policies that encourage neighborhood business districts, foster school-community ties, and ensure a balanced approach to growth that maintains affordability, jobs-housing balance, open spaces, cultural attractions, and improves the overall quality of life in the city and region.
Questions? Please contact Aly Bonde, Public Policy Director, at email@example.com.
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