by Maria Nieves, President & CEO
One of our top priorities at the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce is to be a credible advocate for our members. That’s why over the last five years we have increased our advocacy efforts at all levels of government–federal, state and local–as well as the number of events we’ve hosted featuring elected and public officials.
Our goal when we advocate is to help educate policy makers on our point of view on behalf of our 550+ Members. Through the work of our Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee, we’ve outlined our Action Agenda and staked out the top issue areas we will focus on to make Hudson County a great place to do business:
- Economic Growth: We advocate for smart incentive programs and quality of life issues that ensure sustainable business development.
- Job Creation: We support initiatives and innovative programs that create high quality jobs in growth sectors of the economy.
- Infrastructure: We support public and private initiatives that invest in the County’s infrastructure, defined broadly as transportation, energy, healthcare, water management, communications, education, emergency management, and our cultural institutions.
- Competitiveness: The Chamber advocates for tax and regulatory policies that support the County’s competitiveness and which positions the region as an attractive place to do business.
Since 2011 we’ve taken a public position on nearly 50 different advocacy issues, including testifying at public hearings, and hosted and met with more than 30 officials to discuss issues important to our members. Just this year we joined a coalition to oppose a Paid Sick Leave Bill at the state level, we opposed language proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that will make it more difficult for small businesses to provide retirement plans for their employees, we asked our Congressman to support re-authorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and we weighed in on a number of ordinances proposed in Jersey City. In all of these cases, our input helped to make a difference. We are currently advocating to our Congressional delegates representing Hudson County to pass the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act, which will provide $325B in long-term funding for highway spending, and in the coming months we’ll turn our attention to state legislative efforts to address the solvency of the Transportation Trust Fund.
With every new business that joins our Chamber, our voice grows. While you’re running your business, we’re keeping an eye out for those issues that are critical to our Members. Members are always welcome to let us know what issues are on their minds or join us at a Government Affairs Committee Meeting. Many of the issues we advocate on are sourced by concerns of our Members. You can call us at 201-386-0699 or email us anytime to let us know what’s on your mind.