Governmental Affairs

The Chamber has a defined process designed to build a robust legislative platform on issues that impact the Miami community as a business center. The Chamber’s Committees discuss and vote on public policy items, including but not limited to: transportation and infrastructure, healthcare, workforce development and retention, education, environment, insurance, growth management and smart urban development, disaster recovery and business continuity, economic development, tourism and free trade.

As a regional Chamber that promotes sustainable economic development in South Florida, one of the most important and direct ways to achieve this is through proactive and engaged advocacy, on behalf of the business community, with full participation of our membership.

RESOURCES:

2016-2017 Legislative Package (State and Federal)

Resolution Supporting the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (Smart) Plan

Resolution Supporting the New Starts Transit Expansion Program

Resolution in Support of Wynwood Business Improvement District’s Initiative for an I-95 Access Ramp

Resolution Supporting the Development of an Achievable Transportation Infrastructure Plan for Miami-Dade County

Resolution Supporting the Prioritization of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands and C-111 Spreader Canal Projects due to the Critical Economic and Ecological Benefits to Miami-Dade County

Resolution in Support of the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority

Glenn M. Cooper

Chair

Glenn M. Cooper
Shareholder
GrayRobinson, P.A.

Jose A. Bermudez

Vice Chair

Jose A. Bermudez
Senior Government Relations Consultant
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Goals

Influence the priorities that benefit the members and community as a whole. Revise the issue submission requirements for the annual legislative package that will allow the Chamber to be more impactful in its advocacy efforts. 
Expand the scope of work for Government Affairs to include identifying grant opportunities for the South Florida Progress Foundation.

Improve the Chamber’s visibility and reputation as a community advocate by increasing the amount of in person advocacy performed.

Measure of Success

  1. Develop revised submission guidelines by July; distribute revised guidelines and begin soliciting submission by August; vet issues and submit draft legislative package for approval before the September Board meeting; revise package weekly as needed.  
  2. Identify potential grant opportunities in the first quarter; narrow down opportunities in apply for at least in the second quarter; be awarded a grant by the Federal, State, or Local government during the fiscal year of no less than $10,000. 
  3. Create a master calendar of government meetings; use that calendar to establish a regular schedule of meeting with our elected officials and/or testify at a government meeting no less than once per month.

Additional Committee Programming

Top Investors

Baptist Health South Florida
Bank of America
CareerSource South Florida
Carnival Corporation & PLC
Florida International University
Florida Power & Light
UHealth
Wells Fargo