Dear Chamber members,
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce recently made its annual trip to Washington D.C. to meet with legislators and advocate for the most pressing issues affecting the South Florida business community. The delegation accomplished several successful outcomes during the trip, including:
Chamber members discussed its priorities for transportation, including promoting public transportation in the form of an expanded train or light rail, during meetings with Congressman Mario Diaz Balart (Chair of House Transportation & Infrastructure Appropriations), Senator Nelson (senior member of Senate Transportation Committee), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (member of House Appropriations Committee) and the US Department of Transportation. The delegation left with the understanding that Greater Miami needs to tee up a transportation project in the coming months in order to get into FY2019 appropriations, and the Chamber will continue to advocate to the County as well as at the city, state and federal levels.
A new connection and understanding was built with White House staff, who demonstrated a deep appreciation for the Greater Miami business community and indicated their willingness to help the Chamber advocate with agencies.
A meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, which helped to build a relationship on behalf of all Greater Miami schools and educational institutions.
To read the full report of our days in D.C., click here.