Representing Business to Government
The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce accepts the responsibility to represent its members as the 'The Voice of Business.' Our goal is to ensure that the business community is always represented with the region's governments and municipal agencies.
The Chamber's professional staff monitors city, county, state and federal activities and represents our members on issues and legislation affecting the welfare of businesses and the quality of life in our city. When there is cause to advocate publicly on an issue, our Public Policy department meets with decision makers to make sure they take into account the position of the thousands of businesses and employees that we represent.
The chamber also sponsors 'Inside Oakland,' a periodic member gathering intended to connect chamber members 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, to advance economic growth, and to enhance the quality of life in the city of Oakland, the Chamber aims to advocate at all levels of government so that decision-makers have a clear picture of what is needed to fulfill this vision. The Chamber believes that what business wants is what all Oakland 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. We must get violent crime and property crime down to levels at or below those of comparable cities, while seeking to change the perception of Oakland through effective communication and outreach.
Cultivate a Robust Business Environment for Existing & New Businesses: We 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.
Expand Educational Opportunities for All: We must expand educational opportunities for all Oaklanders and pursue policies that ensure effective utilization of existing public investments in the education and workforce development arenas.
Grow Housing Availability: We must grow housing availability for all income levels to keep pace with our 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.
Invest in Resilient Transportation Systems & Infrastructure: We need to invest in our aging infrastructure and implement smart, sustainable, environmentally sound best practices at all levels to make our 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.
Questions? Please contact Aly Bonde, Public Policy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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