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State Elected Officials List

While the Chamber is constantly advocating on behalf of our members, we encourage the community to communicate with their delegates and help them be informed.

Download the contact list for Douglas County’s:

  • State Senators
  • State Representatives
  • Governor
  • Lt. Governor
  • Secretary of State

Regional Business Coalition

RBC with Lt. Governor-web version

The Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta (RBC) is a not-for-profit association of over a dozen local Chambers of Commerce throughout the metro Atlanta region.

Each year, the RBC, in conjunction with all local metro Atlanta Chambers of Commerce, adopts a legislative agenda that outlines the core legislative issues agreed upon by the local Chambers. The RBC focuses primarily on three key public policy issues: transportation, air quality and water quality.

For more information on the RBC, visit their website – www.atlregionalbusiness.org

Download the 2021 RBC Legislative Agenda

Atlanta Regional Commission

The Atlanta Regional Commission is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county Atlanta region. Since 1947, ARC and its predecessor agencies have helped focus the region’s leadership, attention and resources on critical issues.

For more information about the ARC, visit www.atlantaregional.org.

2021 Chamber Legislative Agenda

2021 RBC Update Week 5The Douglas County Chamber’s Legislative Agenda is created out of the Government Affairs Committee and then approved by our Board of Directors.

Economic/ Workforce Development:

  • We support tax policies and other economic development tools that encourage investment in Douglasville and Douglas County businesses, enhancing our global competitiveness and creating more jobs for our community including Redevelopment Powers and Tax Allocation Districts. We oppose legislative measures that would negatively impact our business climate, are discriminatory in nature or would harm our ability to create, attract, retain, and expand jobs in our community.
  • We believe Development Authorities are at the core of most economic development projects in the state. We oppose legislative measures that seek to inhibit development authorities from recruiting and retaining quality jobs to our state and local community.
  • We encourage incentives to train and educate needed workforce in the growing fields of industrial maintenance, STEAM, and related career pathways in order to fill numerous available jobs. The Chamber currently promotes these fields to elementary, middle, and high school students, parents and counselors with regard for career pathway options with the College and Career Institute (CCI) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, and Mathematics) Programs.
  • We encourage and support policies that increase diversity of housing options to meet the demands of workers at all skill levels.
  • We support the efforts to cultivate relationships with post-secondary educational institutions to provide opportunities for Douglas County residents and the workforce to gain a quality and sustainable education in Douglas County with the intention to retain them in the local workforce. The physical presence of Georgia Highlands College, the University of West Georgia and West Georgia Technical College are essential to these efforts.  We want all these institutions to grow and thrive in Douglas County.
  • We support advances in technology and understand the importance of infrastructure to support these advances. 5G is the next wave of connectivity for high-speed internet services.  There is a need for connectivity, however, local input must be considered. 
  • We support the expansion of infrastructure that facilitates economic development and seek the amendment of policies that hinder its growth. We seek GDOT’s support in allowing fiber infrastructure investment along SR6 to increase reliability for data centers in Douglasville and Douglas County.
  • We support the creation of a Tax Allocation District along Lee Rd.

Transportation:

  • We strongly support the funding for studying, planning, designing, and construction of a redesigned I-20/I-285 interchange on the western side of Atlanta to improve the safety, speed, and traffic flow from the West, which affects every county in West Georgia. 
  • We strongly encourage our government partners at the local, state, and federal level to study, design, plan, and construct a redesign of the Bright Star Bridge/I-20 corridor to include on/off ramps at I-20, which could safely accommodate flow and greatly relieve pressure along I-20 at Hwy 5, Chapel Hill Road/Campbellton Street, and other interior corridors.  We view this also as an economic catalyst for positive growth in the County and region.
  • We strongly support funding for the Lee Road Extension. The completion of the Lee Road Interchange will positively influence existing and future mobility and create new opportunities for quality economic development in Douglas County.

Water:

  • We support the continued management of our region’s water resources to meet the needs of our growing population and economic sectors, and minimizing costs associated with unfunded mandates.

Education:

  • We request adequate funding to provide an education of excellence to every student. Given the undisputable positive impact of public education on the long-term economic prosperity and well-being of our community, we ask that public education operating budgets be funded fully under current state funding laws and no less favorably should the funding formula be changed.
  • We urge the General Assembly to align legislative initiatives with state constitutional provisions regarding the control, management, and funding of our public schools. Specifically, appropriating funds for the use of salary, benefits and training of one school resource officer per school. Additionally, consider funding school counselors at the ASCA/NCAC recommended ration of one counselor for every 250 students.
  • We encourage General Assembly to remain steadfast in funding a robust Georgia Teacher Retirement System (TRS) which honors commitments of previous generations educators but is welcoming to the 21st Century educators needed to develop leaders of the future.

Healthcare:

  • We support hospitals, practitioners, nursing homes and emergency services in their pandemic response and recovery efforts to overcome the harmful economic impact of COVID-19, which will remain ongoing for an extended duration. Enduring historic losses to revenue while incurring higher expenses related to the public health crisis has strained the financial foundation of the healthcare industry. We urge Georgia’s leaders to prioritize enhanced relief from the CARES Act, supplemental state funding, streamline state agency’s reporting requirements, invest to improve telemedicine, ensure resources are available to meet testing and tracing demands, and extend COVID liability protections to prevent against frivolous lawsuits.
  • We support local hospitals and emergency medical providers by requesting improved reimbursement levels for Medicaid providers (who provide essential, but unprofitable services such as emergency care), maintaining the current Certificate of Need (C-O-N) process that has served Georgia and our community well, and continuing to look for ways to help avoid costs associated with unfunded mandates and defensive medicine.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

  • Promote racial and gender diversity and equity in the workplace and promote government contracting with minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses.

The Mission of the Douglas County Chamber is to promote, support and attract businesses for the advancement of the community.

 

2021 Legislative Updates

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