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CHAMBER IGNITES POLICY SEASON WITH 10 PROVINCIAL PRIORITIES

CHAMBER IGNITES POLICY SEASON WITH 10 PROVINCIAL PRIORITIES

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has ignited the 2020 policy season and set the direction for their advocacy at the provincial level. The chamber board of directors approved six new policies and four renewing policies at their board meeting on February 19, 2020, that were just submitted to the Alberta Chambers of Commerce this past week for consideration and debate at the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Policy Plenary Session to be held in Lethbridge from May 28 – 30, 2020.
 
‘We have set an ambitious and extensive provincial policy agenda for ourselves,’ stated Tracy Noullett, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. ‘All policies that are carried locally, provincially and federally are a result of our members priorities and concerns. The recommendations in these policies will provide our roadmap in our conversations with the provincial government and ensure that Medicine Hat & District is kept top of mind so that we can capitalize on economic opportunities as they present themselves.’
 
The policies that were adopted by the board cover a variety of priorities from effective climate policy, risk management, economic diversification, industrial development, trade, transportation, and governance. The policies approved include:

   
‘In order to create an environment that supports prosperity, it is essential for government and business to work collaboratively. Our chamber is committed to championing growth in our local economy by influencing policy makers and always keeping the best interests of our members in mind when we meet with government,’ added Noullett.
 
The chamber meets with government throughout the year at local events such as the lunch with the Finance Minister in the fall of 2019 and the Red Tape Reduction Roundtable with the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction in February 2020. Chamber representatives also connect with government representatives in Edmonton throughout the year, including meetings in November 2019, most recently with the release of the budget on February 27th with a return visit planned during Political Action Day at the end of March which is hosted by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce.
 
Currently, the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has over fifty policies which are used to advocate to all levels of government and can be viewed online here: https://www.medicinehatchamber.com/get-involved/
 
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Tracy Noullett, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.225

 
The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.
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