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    Government Affairs Committee

    The role of the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber is to bring focus to those issues that can have a positive influence on business, and to those issues that can be costly and unfriendly to business.

    The Government Affairs Committee is the communication program between business and government that identifies priorities of business as well as quality-of-life issues. The division provides education and advocacy on the priorities of the membership to the proper government body.

    The committee is committed to work closely and build ongoing relationships with our public officials at all levels of government including local, state and federal and to advocate the business viewpoint by giving input on key business issues dealing with economic development.

    Goals of this committee are:

    • Research issues that affect the local business community and provide information through e-mail or list serve technology to inform members about those issues. Communicate with local business people and acquire input on issues that are most important to local business owners.

    • Provide education and resources to business people for the purpose of encouraging well-informed participation at the local, state, federal levels of the legislative process.

    • Monitor issues and member input for the purpose of developing positions on important issues for the purpose of encouraging positive actions from elected officials. Host Legislative Coffees and other events that give business people opportunities to interact with area legislators from all levels of government.

    • Meet with legislators in Topeka and Washington to discuss the need for business friendly legislation and to discuss the effects of specific bills that are presented at the state and federal levels.

    • Adoption and support of an annual legislative agenda.
       

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    Legislative Coffee Series

     

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    WESTERN STATE BANK

     

    The Chamber offers opportunities for members and the general public to network and communicate with legislators.  One way this is accomplished is through the Legislative Coffee Series.  During the legislative season state legislators from our area are invited to a monthly coffee where they provide details on what is happening in Topeka.  This is followed by a questions and answer period where anyone can ask questions on a topic or concern.

    The Legislative Coffee Series will be held on Saturdays, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Heartland Cancer Center, 410 East Spruce Street in Garden City.  A buffet breakfast is provided by St. Catherine Hospital.

     

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    Southwest Kansas Chamber Alliance

     

    This committee will monitor the successes and the direction of the alliance between the six full-time, staffed Chambers of Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce, Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Liberal Chamber of Commerce, Hugoton Chamber of Commerce, and the Scott City Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The purpose of the alliance of the Chambers shall continue to be to combine the strengths of the local Chambers of Commerce in Southwest Kansas to provide a positive impact on growth and development of Southwest Kansas by addressing regional issues, legislative concerns and internal issues within individual Chambers while maintaining the individuality of the local Chambers of Commerce. The entity is known as the Southwest Kansas Chambers of Commerce.

     

    Goals of this committee are:

     

    • Monitor the successes of the Southwest Kansas Chambers of Commerce from a Finney County perspective in addition to a Southwest Kansas perspective.

     

    • Represent the best interests of the Finney County business community and to represent the best interests of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce.

     

     

  • State of the City Address

    The Chamber hosts the annual State of the City Address to provide an opportunity for members to hear firsthand what the city staff and commissioners are working on for the next 12 months and beyond.  The presentation gives an insight into departments of the city along with presentations from the Mayor, City Manager and various other city staff.



  • City and County Commission Meetings

    No one knows better than we do what is going on at city hall. That gives us the knowledge to stand up for business when we see a challenge. It also allows us to applaud efforts of our city and county commissioners when they vote pro-business. We attend these meetings because you are busy running your company.  This also gives us an chance to develop relationships with commissioners as well as staff.