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  • The Fayette Chamber of Commerce advocates for businesses primarily at the local level and, as needed, at the state and federal level.   The Chamber uses four pillars in considering positions on issues. 

    Pillar 1:  Maintain and grow opportunities for existing and future Fayette County businesses

    • The Fayette Chamber supports the increase in funding for the FCDA that would place the authority in a more competitive position relative to the surrounding Metro counties.  
    • Support tax credits for post-production work to bring more film, TV, and digital businesses to Fayette County and Georgia.
    • Maintain Fayette County’s reputation as a safe place to live and work.

    Related issues from partner organizations

    Regional Business Coalition (RBC)

    • Support tax policies and other economic development tools that encourage investment in metro Atlanta and Georgia businesses, enhancing Georgia’s global competitiveness and creating more jobs for metro Atlanta and Georgia.

    Georgia Chamber

    • Continue to build an attractive statewide ecosystem for venture and seed capital through support for Invest Georgia and other programs.

     

    Pillar 2:  Reduce the cost of doing business

    Related issues from partner organizations

    Regional Business Coalition (RBC)

    • Urge EPA to stay implementation of the Clean Power Plan until it is legally tested in court.
    • Oppose rule-making or new standards imposed by regulatory agencies that would treat Georgia utilities unfairly and force energy costs higher, therefore penalizing Georgia citizens, businesses, utilities and their customers.

    Georgia Chamber

    • Support ongoing examination of the current tax base, tax rates and compliance requirements to ensure a Georgia business environment that is fair and competitive – not only for the state’s current businesses but also for businesses considering relocating here.
    • Continue to make substantive changes to the workers’ compensation system that promote balance for employers and employees. 

    US Chamber

     

    Pillar 3:  Manage growth and support infrastructure improvements so that the marketability of the area is maintained and improved

    Related issues from partner organizations

    Regional Business Coalition

    • Support additional funding for critical transportation infrastructure.
    • Support additional flexibility in how Georgia’s local governments fund their transportation infrastructure, including transit operation and expansions.
    • Support investments in alternate forms of transportation to provide metro Atlanta commuters and residents a choice of transportation modes to meet their transportation needs.
    • Support the continued management of our region’s water resources to meet the needs of metro Atlanta’s growing population and businesses.  Including support of review and updates to the laws and regulations that support: 

    - Funding to ensure adequate sources of clean water for metro Atlanta’s future growth and quality of life
    - Protection of downstream river flows when new or expanded water withdrawals occur, and the authority given to the Department of Natural Resources in the State Water Plan to review inter-basin transfer      
       regulations when necessary.

    • Support the appropriation of the full share of federal funding for SHEP in order that deepening can be completed without unnecessary delays and lost benefits.
    • Support transit service coordination to address the needs of metro Atlanta transit riders and include appropriate representation of key stakeholders.

    Georgia Chamber

    • Improve Georgia’s infrastructure through maximizing current revenue sources and increasing overall funding for transportation while protecting the Transportation Investment Act to ensure the benefits of law as passed are not diluted.

     

    Pillar 4:  Support policy that builds, attracts and retains a trained and trainable workforce

    • Ensure K-12, TCSG and USG institutions have sufficient funding to improve student outcomes.

    - Supports the redesign of the QBE funding formula to be simpler, more transparent, indexed for inflation and has a “hold harmless provision” for the Fayette County school system and/or any other local school systems in the state.

    - Supports local school systems’ autonomy and flexibility to control spending of state dollars.

    - Supports the state’s “Move On When Ready” legislation and prioritization of consistent and adequate funding (for MOWR) so Fayette students can fully engage in post-secondary opportunities/training.

    • Support programs designed to develop the workforce of tomorrow.

    - Support policy and programs that retain and attract professionals to train the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high demand areas. 

    - Review college and career-ready standards in K-16 public education to promote a more globally competitive workforce

    Related issues from partner organizations

    Georgia Chamber

    • Ensure K-12 education funds are invested more efficiently and effectively to improve student outcomes and increase transparency
    • Improve college and career-ready standards in K-12 public education to promote a more globally competitive workforce 
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