Public Policy & Governmental Relations

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The Shoals Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates for public office.  We pride ourselves on successfully building and maintaining strong bipartisan relationships with key partners in government at the local, state, and federal levels, regardless of party affiliation. We do believe it is in our members’ best interest take a position on ballot initiatives impacting the Shoals' business community. When the Chamber releases an issue statement, know that we have done the homework so you don’t have to. The Chamber is your trusted resource on Election Day.

Federal Public Policy agenga 2021-2022

Business Development

  • We support the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) maintaining the Shoals' MSA status as the Florence-Muscle Shoals MSA.
  • We support the addition and/or revision of Opportunity Zones with input from local officials and interested parties.
  • We support continuing to adequately fund the Economic Development Administration.

Infrastructure

  • We support the continued support of the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport and its service to the Shoals through Essential Air Service.

Education & Workforce Development

  • We support continuing to adequately fund Federal early childhood education programs such as Head Start.
  • We support funding of grants for locally administered workforce development programs.

Employment & Labor

  • We support policies that preserve Alabama as a "right to work" and "employment at will" state.
  • We oppose the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Taxation

  • We support a tax code that does not disproportionately impose burdens on employers, or on one particular industry or segment or economy.
  • We support continued pro-growth tax policies in relevant legislation and permanency of pro-growth provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (e.g., full expensing, R&D).

Health Care

  • We support a solution to the Medicate wage index issue that would include setting a floor of at least 0.90.

 

STATE public policy agenda 2021-2022

Business Development

  • We support simplifying state regulations affecting small businesses and reduce the regulatory burden on businesses.
  • We support existing economic development development agencies, including but not limited to the Shoals Economic Development Authority, NACOLG, and Shoals Chamber of Commerce.
  • We support bills to assist breweries in the state of Alabama.

Infrastructure

  • We support a dedicated state funding mechanism for the improvement of local infrastructure.
  • We support the improved broadband through enhanced funding and deregulation.
  • We support exploring viable options for reutilization of the former Colbert Steam Plant and adjacent port.
  • We support state funding for public transportation.

Education & Workforce Development

  • We support Project 208, minimum increase of 10 million dollars to the University of North Alabama's base appropriation.
  • We support adequate funding and support for Northwest-Shoals Community College.
  • We support bond opportunities to be used for capital improvements and deferred maintenance.
  • We support funding mechanisms for initiatives including: Pre-K, Shoals Scholar Dollars, Entrepreneurship Scholarships, and the YouScience assessment in K-12 schools.

Employment & Labor

  • We support tort reform legislation to protect employers from frivolous lawsuits through modifications to existing law.
  • We support policies that preserve Alabama as a "right to work" and "employment at will" state.

Taxation

  • We support a tax code that does not disproportionately impose burdens on employers, or on one particular industry or segment of the economy.
  • We support legislation to provide for a Research and Development tax credit parallel to the federal R&D credit, with an extra incentive if a qualified research institution performs the research.

Health Care

  • We support setting aside adequate funding to ensure sustainable mental health programming for our region.

Special Issue: Reapportionment

  • We support the unification of the Shoals within the 4th Congressional District. The Shoals is a united MSA with shared interests and we seek a shared voice in Congress. 

The mission of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the economic vitality of The Shoals through advocacy, connectivity, and education.

With the creation of Who's Who Shoals, the Shoals Chamber is committed to maintaining a bi-partisan, non-governmental position, while simultaneously creating opportunities to educate voters and create platforms for the citizens of The Shoals to communicate with, learn from, and make their voices heard by their local, elected, representation. 

Contact the Chamber

Staff email address can be found here. Voicemail is available at 256.764.4661.

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