2019-2020 Program of Work

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Governmental Affairs

Volunteer Executive:

Andy McNeill, Denali Water

Solutions, Chair of Governmental

Affairs

Staff Responsibility:

Paul Harvel, President & CEO

Angela Bonds, Director of

Government Affairs & Leadership

Major Function

Reflect the business community

viewpoint on federal, state, and local

governmental matters. Maintain

liaison with governmental agencies

having developmental, regulatory, as

well as advisory responsibilities in

all aspects of commerce.

General Aims

Develop a focused governmental

affairs program that will actively

involve the business community

in the decision and policy making

processes across appropriate

levels of government to promote

competitiveness and awareness of

the greater Russellville Business

Community.

Maintain open dialog and channels

of communication with elected

officials on all levels of government

representing our district.

Federal Legislative Task

Force

1. Be active on national issues

affecting business, positioning

this business community on

issues and conveying this

position in as strong a way

as possible to Congress, our

delegation, and our public.

2. Encourage participation and

attendance to Washington

during the annual meeting of

the Arkansas State Chamber

of Commerce. Plan visits

to congressional offices and

participate in the Arkansas

Congressional Reception.

3. Maintain at the Chamber office

a current list of governmental

hotline phone numbers so that

the membership can keep upto-date

on developments in

Washington.

4. Keep the business community

updated on national legislative

issues by sending out a new

initiative called “Washington

Watch” twice monthly by

email giving our members the

latest information needed when

contacting our congressional

delegates.

State Task Force

1. Develop a state legislative

platform and an effective

lobbying activities to stimulate

passage of legislation beneficial

to our region.

2. Maintain proper representation

at important committee hearings

and general sessions in Little

Rock.

3. Become acquainted with all

state agencies and invite agency

board members and commission

members to hold meetings in

Russellville.

4. Join in a regional effort

to encourage more key

appointments to commissions

and boards by the Governor.

5. Keep the business community

updated on state legislative

issues by sending out a new

initiative called “Arkansas

Watch” during session by

email giving our members the

latest information needed when

contacting our state delegates.

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